Reading and Prayer – April 5

Reading: Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.


Eternal God, we praise you that your glory has dawned upon us,

and brought us into this celebration of Resurrection.

We rejoice that the grave could not hold your son,

and that he has conquered death,

risen to rule over all powers of this earth.

We praise you that he summons us into new life,

to follow him with joy and gladness.

By your Spirit, 

lift us from doubt and despair,

and set our feet in Christ’s holy way,

that our lives might be signs of his life,

and all we have may proclaim his love.

Praise, glory and thanksgiving to you, our God,

forever and ever.