The Resurrection of the Lord
+ In the name the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
God of undying life, by Your mighty hand You raised up Jesus from the grave and appointed Him judge of the living and the dead. Grant to those baptized into His death the power flowing from His resurrection, that we may proclaim near and far the pardon and peace You give us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, firstborn from the dead, who lives with You now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 10:34, 37-43 (NLT)
Then Peter replied,
“You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
“And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all — the living and the dead. He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”
A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Let all Israel repeat: “His faithful love endures forever.”
The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things! I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.
The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.
A Reading from the Letters: Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
A Reading from the Gospels: John 20:1-9 (NLT)
Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed — for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love has no end! He answered the prayers of His Beloved Son: He will help us in our needs too.
+ That all those who have been baptized around the world this Easter may always walk in the light of Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ That all Christians who celebrate Christ’s resurrection may have lives full of faith, hope and love…. Lord, hear us.
+ That our brothers and sisters who face persecution for their faith in Christ may receive gifts of courage and hope…. Lord, hear us.
+ That our church leaders may inspire the world and lift our hearts to You – the living God…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those for whom faith is irrelevant may hear and believe the Good News of the life, death and resurrection of our Savior…. Lord, hear us.
+ That people in need of support and love may experience God’s care through the Christians around them…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those who have died in Christ may share the glory of the resurrection…. Lord, hear us.
God our Redeemer, You lead Your people from defeat to triumph: grant our prayers, through Christ our Risen Lord. Amen.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5b-6)
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen