Easter Sunday Year B

Published on 21 Mar 2016
The Road to Emmaus by James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

Alleluia! He is risen!

Let us pray that the risen Christ will raise us up and renew our lives.

God our Father, by raising Christ your Son you conquered the power of death and opened for us the way to eternal life.

Let our celebration today raise us up and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.

By dying He destroyed our death; by rising He restored our life. 
from the Preface of the Easter Vigil mass

This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad. 
Psalm 117

That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know, Victorious king, thy mercy show. 
Easter Sequence

Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?
Gospel Luke 24: 26

Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?
Luke 24: 32

Easter joy is a grace from God; we cannot “turn it on” – like water from a tap. I must wait for it to be given to me

So I begin my Easter prayer by placing myself totally in God’s hands - as the Lord did on the Cross..............

Maybe with the aid of an Easter flower or picture, and consciously aware of God’s Spirit which I received in baptism within me, I slowly utter this prayer over and over again........

As so often is the case with the Opening Prayers, the verbs are powerful: raise / conquer / open / renew.

I read the prayer ….. I reflect on a particular word or phrase ….. I get in touch with the feelings that arise …… then I talk to God, or to Jesus from my heart; all with the help of the Spirit.

As always, I end giving thanks, and ask for that generous spirit of service of others.