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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. For the early risers, there is a special opening prayer for an Easter morning sunrise service. There's also some bible verses about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

Easter is a movable feast - in Western Christianity Easter Sunday can be celebrated as early as 22nd March and as late as 25th April on any given year. Here's a site that lists all the dates for Easter Sunday until 2049!

resources on this page

An Easter Prayer

a beautiful prayer suitable for showing on Easter Sunday:-

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

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

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

Love Overcame

here is above prayer set to inspirational images and music:-

This film can be downloaded at prayerscapes

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.

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)

An Easter Prayer

(view the film based on this prayer here)

Loving Lord, today we remember
the veil of darkness
transforming to the brightest light.
The most dreadful end
becoming the most beautiful beginning.
We remember with trembling hearts
the depths of despair
fading to reveal hope everlasting.
The curse of death
defeated by eternal life.
Today we remember with thankfulness
your willingness to be pierced for our sins.
We sing with abounding joy
of your miraculous rise,
from death’s tomb to resplendent life.
Thank you for the promise of heaven
and your generous invitation of eternal life for all.


(prayer by Julie Palmer copyright © 2020 www.lords-prayer-words.com)

prayer of st richard with wild flowers in the background

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

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.

(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 Craft Idea
An fun easter craft activity for children. A guide to how to make an Easter Handprint Prayer. 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.

A Simple Prayer for Children
a prayer which draws on imagery from Spring to convey the meaning of Easter.

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

Pope John Paul II, (1920-2005)

Short Easter Prayer

The veil of darkness
Transformed to the brightest 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