Day has dawned and shadows are left behind. The stone
is rolled away and hope is reborn.
This is the
day that our God has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
God opens to us the gates of righteousness. We enter
to give thanks to our God.
thanks, for our God is good. Godís steadfast love endures forever.
Set your mind on things that are above. Look up and
welcome Christís appearing.
We have been
raised with Christ. Glory is being revealed to us on this holy day.
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
God of amazing surprises, the story of Easter is ever
new. Suddenly we are aware of your presence with us. We had lost touch with
you. Our minds were full of worries and distractions, set on things of this
earth. Our spirits felt the grip of death. Jesus seemed a legend from the past,
not a real person who shared our common lot. But today, you awaken something
new within us. We hear the cry, Christ is risen, and we want to respond. Dry
our tears and all our names. We need the good news of Easter. Amen.