Prayers for you to use at 10 a.m. on Easter Day when our Church Bells ring
There ore two alternative sets: you might like to use both, or if you don't have much time, choose one or two bits you like.
I. Recollection on Easter morning
Yesterday I was crucified with Christ;
today I am glorified with him.
Yesterday I was dead with Christ;
today I am sharing in his resurrection.
Yesterday I was buried with him;
today I am waking with him from the sleep of death. Gregory of Nazionzus (A.D. 389)
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. St Paul, writing to First Century Christians - Colossions 3.1-4
Christ yesterday and today,
the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega,
all time belongs to you,
and all ages;
to you be glory and power
through every age and for ever.
May the risen Christ give us his peace.
All: Alleluia. Amen.
II. Praise God
Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord,
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the deep waters of death
you brought your people to new birth
by raising your Son to life in triumph.
Through him dark death has been destroyed
and radiant life is everywhere restored.
As you call us out of darkness into his marvellous light
may our lives reflect his glory
and our lips repeat the endless song.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All: Blessed be God for ever.
The Lord's Prayer - for ourselves, and for all whom we love
Rejoicing in God's new creation,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory
for ever and ever.
May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life.
Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!