The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of the use of Psalm 23 and the words from the tenth chapter of the Gospel According to Saint John; “Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Trinity is blessed to have beautiful vestments and paraments/frontals to use on this day.
Here are the beautiful “propers” for this Sunday from the Canadian Book of Alternative Services:
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord: I know my own and my own know me. John 10.14
O God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer over the Gifts
God of loving care,
you spread before us the table of life, and give us the cup of salvation to drink.
Keep us always in the fold of your Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour and our shepherd. Amen.
Prayer after Communion
God of steadfast love,
watch over the Church redeemed by the blood of your Son.
May we who share in these holy mysteries come safely to your eternal kingdom, where there is one flock and one shepherd.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen.