A Service for the Second Sunday of Easter

Please enjoy a Sunday service of Morning Prayer for all in the Parish of Prescot and beyond. As always, you’ll see some familiar faces and hear familiar voices. Below it is a short message from the Reverend Peter Cowley, CA. Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to this act of worship.

The words to the anthem at the beginning of Morning Prayer are by the Welsh poet and priest George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633):

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him may’st rise;
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, Just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied,
And multiplied;
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

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