Reading and Prayer – April 4

Reading:

Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Prayer:

Almighty and eternal God, 

whose Son Jesus Christ destroyed the power of sin

and rose triumphant over death;

with your whole church in heaven and on earth 

we worship and adore you; 

and we ask that you would so raise us up with Christ 

in newness of life

that we may serve you from this day forward

in the power and the joy of the Resurrection 

and glorify you forevermore.

Be present, Risen Lord, in this your church’s Easter praise;

In Churches and Sanctuaries; 

In homes and hospitals, apartments and hospice, 

may its anthems of joy and its proclamation of your victory

celebrate both the wonder of your redeeming love

and the majesty of your eternal glory. Amen.

Hear the Good News!

Christ is risen!  and forgiveness is ours!

Christ is risen! and we are risen with him!

Christ is risen! and life eternal is won!

Christ is risen! and death has met its master!

Christ is risen! and the way to heaven is open!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!  

Hallelujah!