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Miraculous Draught of Fishes

Third Sunday of Easter

Miraculous Draught of Fishes

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may rejoice in sharing in Christ’s resurrection]


O God,
in Christ’s humiliation,
you stooped down,
and raised up the fallen world in the resurrection,
grant to your faithful people a holy joy,
so that those whom you have freed
may delight in you eternally;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The above is my reworking for my Book of Prayers in Common in which I seek to provide a set of collects with history and commentary. Usually my rendering follows a more formal equivalent translation of the original. In this case I thought that a dynamic equivalent was preferable in rendering the powerful images for our contemporary context.

This is an ancient collect that has been prayed on this Sunday for centuries. It has recently been moved, but I think, in the form above, it is a strong Easter-Season collect, better than many of the ones that have been written to replace it. It expresses, in collect-form, some of the ideas embodied in the Resurrection Icon.

You can find more on this collect here: Third Sunday of Easter.


Any comments, suggestions, resources, of course, are welcome below in the comments section.

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Miraculous-draft-of-fish Image source: John Reilly

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4 thoughts on “Third Sunday of Easter”

  1. Jennine Lennox

    Hi Bosco. I am wondering if you could share the source of the fantastic picture of Jesus, the disciples and the fish?
    Many thanks,

    1. I’m pleased you like the image, Jennine. Whenever possible, I always credit my sources, including of my images, usually including a clickable link. I think this is appropriate internet practice. So you will find my crediting the artist, John Reilly, at the end of the post. Easter Season Blessings!

  2. Fr. Bosco, we are a community of catholic nuns. We would like to know if we can use the image on this page, related with the gospel of the third Sunday of Easter.
    We would use in the programs for Sunday Eucharist, about 80-90 people. Also for the streaming of the Eucharist, with one attendance of about 150 people.
    In the case that we can use the image, please tell us how to credit it. And the author of the painting, if possible.
    In any case, thank you for your attention. Blessings on you and your ministry?
    Sr. Luisa ocd

    1. Dear Sister Luisa – delighted to hear from you. The image as you see, I credit to here, who credits it to
      Miraculous draught of fishes
      Art: John Reilly
      Art Source: invitationtowonder.wordpress.org
      We have a Carmel, as you probably know, in Christchurch – it is a delightful place to visit;
      Easter Season Blessings on you and your community.

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