Today’s question didn’t really happen as a “Why do we do that?” question. Instead, last week a few
people pointed out that there were no Prayers in the bulletin. The reason for this is simple: we are
saying Eucharistic Prayer D during Eastertide, and the Prayers of the People are included in that
Eucharistic Prayer. After a general prayer for the Church, Prayer D has options for naming people and concerns in the middle of the prayer--they’re listed on page 375 of the Book of Common Prayer. This section begins ”Remember, Lord, your one holy, catholic and apostolic church...” and it is possible to insert other intentions. The Prayers of the People are optional when this prayer is used. We are taking the option not to use them because Prayer D is also the longest Eucharistic Prayer.
It is the traditional prayer used at Easter and other times of great joy and rejoicing. We began its use at the Great Vigil of Easter, when we had the Liturgy of the New Fire and Martha Schattman sang the Exsultet. We’ll continue to use it throughout the 50 Days of Easter, which end with the Day of Pentecost on June 8 this year. So what you are seeing is a seasonal change, just as when we did the Great Litany and Penitential Order during Lent.
Did you notice the other thing that’s missing? (No one has mentioned it.) We also aren’t doing the
Confession during Eastertide. This too is traditional practice during the great festal days of the Church.