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Easter Prayers


For Christians, Easter Sunday celebrates one of the greatest days in history - when Jesus, the Son of God, defeated death and rose from the grave. This page contains several prayers and resources that celebrate that moment.

Lower down on this page you'll discover a diverse range of Christian prayers for Easter time, with Anglican, Catholic and traditional prayers, as well as Easter prayers for children, a contemporary Easter poem, some good quotes for services or reflections, and an inspiring video for meditation. There's also some bible verses about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

Easter is a movable feast - Easter Sunday can be celebrated as early as 22nd March and as late as 25th April on any given year. (Eastern Christianity works on a different calendar system and celebrates the festival later - varying between 4th April and 8th May). Here's a site that lists all the dates for Easter Sunday until 2049!



resources on this page


Love Overcame

a short meditation on the Resurrection of Christ:-

This film can be downloaded at prayerscapes


The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes - undisturbed in form and position.

Josh McDowell, Christian Apologist & Writer



Easter Prayer

Easter Prayer

Love Overcame

(view the film here)

Love overcame
Emerging from a cold tomb
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden
The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived
That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth
Is complete

"Love Overcame" copyright © 2014 Julie Palmer


The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake."

Basil C Hume, (1923-1999)Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster


Anglican Prayer for Easter Sunday


Almighty God, who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life‑giving Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.


source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.

A Prayer before a crucifix

by St. Francis of Assisi

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the shadows of my heart, and grant unto me a right faith, a certain hope and perfect charity, sense and understanding, Lord, so that I may accomplish Thy holy and true command.



Catholic Easter Prayer

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.


source: New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Easter Passion Film

A reading from Matthew 27:27-54 from The Message Bible, retelling Christ's journey to the cross - his mocking at the hands of the Roman soldiers, the carrying of the cross by Simon, the crucifixion of Christ. The video ends with a meditation on Hebrews 12:2-3, which encourages us to fix our eyes on the risen Christ:-


Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

Pope John Paul II, (1920-2005)

Childrens Easter Prayers


An Easter prayer for teenagers

Jesus, you have overcome death
And conquered every fear I could imagine
Help me to live each day remembering that You are alive
That You are bigger than anything or any situation
And that Your power is real
Jesus, you're my hero and I'm walking with you.
Amen.

(a short modern Easter prayer suitable for older children or teenagers)

read more prayers for teenagers here.

Further Easter teaching and prayer resources for Children:-

Two Easter Children's Prayers
Two contemporary prayers from living-prayers.com, with a simple rythming prayer for infant or preschool children, and a slightly longer prayer for primary aged children, suitable for saying in a church service or school assembly.

An Easter Children's Lesson
An easter celebration activity for children with a short prayer, suggested bible reading and creative craft activity ideas involving making a mobile. Suitable for primary school children.

Two More Easter Childrens Prayers

A site with two Easter prayers suitable for primary or high school children. The prayers contain thanks to God and also have an outward quality. "Time for joy and time for giving"
a prayer for children to live the message of Easter throughout the year.

Easter Prayer


The veil of darkness
Transformed to the brightess light.

The most dreadful end
Became the most beautiful beginning.

The depths of despair
Fade to reveal hope everlasting.

The curse of death
Defeated by eternal life.

Thank you Lord, for the wonder of Easter.


a contemporary prayer for Easter day from www.lords-prayer-words.com




Good Bible Verse Quotes for Easter

Here are some selected scriptures for Easter time, which cover Old Testament prophecy, the crucifixion of Christ, and the Resurrection. You may find these helpful for personal meditation or worship, for an Easter prayer vigil or bible study, or even as a quote to write in an Easter greeting card!

Isaiah prophecies the crucifixion

A prophecy from the book of Isaiah, written approximately 700 years before the birth of Christ:-

He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)


Jesus is the Resurrection

“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die."

John 11:25-26 (NLT)



Take a moment to hear from God this Easter...

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey