EASTER SUNDAY (12th April)

We rejoice in the new life with God our Father has given us through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.  We carry the joy of this feast into the lives of those who seek meaning, hope and encouragement.

If practical, an unlit candle should be placed in a prominent position.

Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to Him, and all ages; to Him be glory and power, through every age and for ever.  Amen.

If safe to do so, light the candle.

May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

The light of Christ.  Thanks be to God.

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way of life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

GOSPEL

Alleluia, alleluia.  I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.  Alleluia.

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb.  She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved.  “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb” she said “and we don’t know where they have put him.”

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb.  They ran together but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in.  Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed.  Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

PRAYERS

On this Easter Day with confidence we offer our prayers to the merciful Father.

We pray for your Church: help us to proclaim the message of healing and forgiveness for which you died.  We pray for your world: for leaders and all who have to make difficult and challenging decisions.

We pray for broken communities, and we ask your forgiveness for our own apathy, and our desire to wash our hands of involvement in the plight of others.

We pray for all who are in darkness, sickness and pain.  Surround with your presence hospital staff, families, friends and all who care for them.

We pray for those who mourn.  Receive into resurrection life with you those who have died, especially those who have died as a result of the Coronavirus.

Accept our prayers, and take them up into your creative energy of love which you let loose into the world on those extraordinary Passover days.  Amen.

In the hope of the Resurrection we pray:  Our Father…………

May the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead, deepen our faith in the Gospel.  May the Son, who walks with us and will never abandon us, give us new hope to live the joy of the resurrection.  May the Spirit pour down God’s love upon us so that we may love others following the example of Jesus who washed his disciples’ feet.  Alleluia.  Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

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