Easter Sunday Year A

Published on 10 Apr 2017
Daffodils in morning sunshine.

O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life.

We have eaten and drunk with him after his Resurrection.

First Reading, Acts 10:34, 37–43

His love has no end. Psalm 117

Now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.

Second Reading,Colossians 3: 1–4

Christ my hope has risen, Sequence

He saw and he believed Gospel, John 20: 1–9

This is the day the whole Church has longed for, the day of Easter joy. I rejoice as I settle down in my favourite place of prayer. To mark the occasion, I may want to have a cheerful visual focus: a few spring flowers for example.

I begin my prayer by placing myself in the presence of God and asking for the grace to enter fully into the joy of the risen Christ on this Easter morning. I read the prayer slowly, perhaps aloud, letting the words echo deep in my heart, staying with a word or a phrase I feel drawn to and, when ready, expressing to God the thoughts and feelings that arise in me. I feel that Easter joy stirring in my heart and I let it fill my whole being. I speak to Jesus, my risen Lord, as I am moved, perhaps thanking him for his gift to the world of new hope, new joy, new life.

The risen Lord opened the eyes of his disciples to what had taken place. Perhaps I want to ask him to open my eyes, and to lead me to deeper faith in him so that I may follow him in his risen life. I ask for what I most deeply desire.

I take a moment to decide what I want to ask the Lord for on this Easter morning. Am I prepared to be surprised by something that I had not noticed before?