Welcome to Kirkweb's Longer Prayers for Easter
O my crucified Lord Jesus, I kneel at your feet. Do not cast me out, although I come to you as a sinner. I have offended you much in the past, but I resolve to no longer do so in the future.
O my God, I place all my sins before you; I have considered them and know they do not deserve pardon. But I beg you to be mindful of your sufferings which show the value of the Precious Blood that flows from your veins.
Close your eyes to my lack of merit and open them to the abundance of your infinite merit. As you deigned to die for my sins, graciously grant me forgiveness of all of them, so that I may no longer feel their burden which oppresses me beyond measure.
Help me, dear Lord, for I desire to become good at any cost. Uproot, take away, and destroy in me everything that is contrary to your will. Enlighten me that I may be enabled to walk in your holy light all the days of my life.
As the world sings triumphant cries to heaven over death that You conquered, help us, Lord, tomorrow as well, when the dresses are put away and the candy is all eaten and on with life we go let us not forget.
The celebration of Your Resurrection over death is a celebration of life that should continue well beyond the sunrise service and the music, rehearsed for days prior; it is beyond the sign of spring beyond the lily beyond new lambs grazing in open fields.
Resurrection is a daily celebration over fear; man's greatest and most powerful enemy. Fear of tomorrow, fear of our yesterdays, fear of what shall become of our young our old our unborn. Resurrection is replacing fear with physical action.
This alone, the most touching and profound of Your signs that fear is dead and belief in You brings, not just hope but life.
What better living parable could You have brought? All fear death. All. Even in the garden, You took on our fear if for only moments, it was as real as our fears can be real and You knew then that this single enemy must be destroyed.
And, You sacrificed Your life, leaving those who had been comfort, and follower; You left them behind, to conquer fear.
I shall cling to this now, and the tomorrows given me.
Peace and Thanksgiving lifted unto You.
© 1996 Margaret A. Davidson
Call to Prayer:
"Jesus said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet"
Let us pray:
Almighty Eternal and Everblessed God, we come into your presence, grant that as we praise you this day, we might see Jesus and believe, that we may celebrate the true meaning of the Resurrection. We thank you for this day, that we can come into your house in freedom and give thanks for your faithfulness, in all things.
Father we rejoice in the perfection of your love to us, in Jesus your obedient Son. Obedient to death, for the sin of the world. We thank you that you raised him to life and we give you the praise and the glory. And that we can say "He is Risen - He is Risen Indeed". Grant that we may believe in our hearts and be strong in faith and our hope that is placed in him, for his sake.
Father we confess that so often we have let our Christian standards fall, help us to look to the sinless life of Jesus and aim to follow his example, that our walk may be close. Father we confess that some times we may have hardened our hearts and gone our own way. Lord, enable us learn from the passion of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, not my will, but yours, grant that in stressful times we may remember and respond in love and obedience to your will.
Father we confess, that we have not always been as loving and Christian to our own or to others as we could or should have been. Let us learn from the disciples how easy it is to fail and turn our backs on you. Give to us a faith that is based on you through the Holy Spirit that we may begin to build up a strong Christian relationship for Christ's sake.
Grant too O lord that we may have that spirit of love that Jesus had for those in need around him. So that we can be practical as well as spiritual Christians living out the new command given at the last supper.
And so Lord as we confess our sins, you are faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness. So we thank you, and we pray that we may have real assurance of this, and that we may possess your perfect peace in Jesus name we pray.
O Lord Jesus, we come with grateful hearts, and joyful spirits at this time, because of your resurrection from the dead, though you died you have conquered death, and now you are alive for evermore. We thank you because of this, death is no longer an enemy to be feared, but the gateway to a fuller life. We thank you that because you are alive, you are also available, a living and loving companion and friend to all who trust in you.
Help us this day to trust you with our lives anew. For all these things we give you praise and we bless your mighty name.
Ever-living God, help us to celebrate our joy in the resurrection of the Lord and to express in our lives the love we celebrate. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
God our Father, maker of all, the crown of your creation was the Son of Man, born of a woman, but without beginning; he suffered for us but lives forever. May our mortal lives be crowned with the ultimate joy of rising with him, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.
Father, help us keep in mind that Christ our Savoir lives with you in glory and promised to remain with us until the end of time. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Eternal Father, reaching from end to end of the universe, and ordering all things with your mighty arm: for you, time is the unfolding of truth that already is, the unveiling of beauty that is yet to be. Your Son has saved us in history by rising from the dead, so that transcending time he might free us from death. May his presence among us lead to the vision of unlimited truth and unfold the beauty of your love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
© Iain Morrison 2000