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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prayers of the People: Easter Day!


April 20, 2014, Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Ps 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Mt 28-1-10

           
        But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.




O Triumphant, Radiant, Lord Most High,
          The dazzling splendor of Your Resurrection has illuminated our sight, amplified our hearing, and enraptured our souls. There are no words ecstatic or jubilant enough to express our profound joy in this moment. Our forty long days of waiting have finally ended, the somber darkness of the crucifixion has lifted, Your conquest over earthly death is complete and we are redeemed by You!

Leader:           Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
Response:      Jesus is risen indeed!  Hallelujah!

O Triumphant, Radiant, Lord Most High,
            Your entire ministry was fraught with political manipulation by those whose minds and hearts were small and feared the power of Your prophetic witness for peace. Let us, with joy and purpose, take up Your mantle with enthusiasm and determination to arouse compassion, peace, cooperation, justice, and mercy in our political leadership. We pray especially for:  add your own petitions

                         Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
                         Jesus is risen indeed!  Hallelujah!

O Triumphant, Radiant, Lord Most High,
              Always and especially in this glorious moment, lavish Your grace and healing on those we love who are ailing in body, mind, or spirit, and on those who give them daily care. Enfold them in comfort and dissuade their fear and discouragement.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                         Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
                         Jesus is risen indeed!  Hallelujah!
                    
O Triumphant, Radiant, Lord Most High,
                Your resurrection has destroyed the power of death.  Let us learn to rejoice in spite of our mourning for those we have lost who are now enveloped in Your eternal glory.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                         Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
                         Jesus is risen indeed!  Hallelujah!

O Triumphant, Radiant, Lord Most High,
                Embolden the leaders of Your Church to be as the earthquake that moved the stone to reveal the emptiness of The Tomb. Enjoin us again to set our minds on all that is in God above and not on the emptiness of the earthly life that entombs us here below. Release us from all that binds us to the temporary and shallow instead of to Your eternal glory. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                               Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
                               Jesus is risen indeed!  Hallelujah!


The Celebrant adds: Glorious Jesus, the Christ of our imagining, the Christ of our wonder and of our desire, You have defied the limits of a temporal death, risen to the heights of eternal glory, and claimed salvation for each of our souls. Let us claim life in You on this day that the Lord has made for us.  Let us truly rejoice and be glad in it!  Hallelujah, the Lord is Risen!  The Lord is risen, indeed!  Hallelujah!







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