Prayer for an Easter Morning Sunrise Service
Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ.
Lord, we lift our eyes to you. As the sunrises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colours of promise in your word.
Lord, we lift our prayers to you. As the dew air falls, may we breathe this morning in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always.
And so, we lift our voices to you. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise you!
(an Easter invocation from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Love Overcame(view the film here)
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
"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
Almighty God, who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus
Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of
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.
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.
Prayer for a Good Friday Morning Service
Suitable as a invocation prayer
As we gather together today, we remember the supreme sacrifice of our beautiful King, the Lord Jesus Christ. Led like a lamb to the slaughter, clothed in humility and grace, he willing offered himself to death so that we might live forever. We are truly thankful for the extent of his love, stretched out on a cruel wooden cross. We dwell on the pain he bore for us and are truly grateful for the forgiveness that he offers. As we worship and praise now, help us to live in the wonder of this goodness and marvel at his endless grace.
(a short opening prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
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
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:-