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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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Prayers of the People: ALLELUIA! EASTER DAY! Yr C

For Sunday, March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday, Year C, Readings: Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Cor 15:19-26, Luke 24:1-12

         For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 
[1Cor 15:21-22]

        Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale...But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened. [Luke 24:10-12]

          We still don't get it, not really. We've heard it a thousand times but when have we actually stopped to ponder: what does all this mean to me in daily living as a mortal human? What does the Resurrection of Christ mean in the midst of bill paying, eating, keeping warm in the winter, raising children, and doing the best I can with what I have? How does faith in Christ inform my thoughts and my actions? When has the Gospel given me clear direction yet I take a different path?
         The time is NOW, the day is TODAY to have all senses engaged and involved - to physically feel the Joy, to be Enthralled, to begin again to know Christ's presence. Let us sing loud Hosannas and shout even louder ALLELUIAS! Christ is risen, for you, for me, for us all, INDEED!


LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Christ our Savior, Lord of All, You are ALIVE! Your earthly sacrifice has destroyed death and given us eternal life. Let us experience Your Presence within our mortal bodies and be transformed in every moment of daily life. Grant us the wisdom, the understanding, the JOY of this indescribable gift.

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen today!
RESPONSE:           Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed!

~ Christ our Savior, Lord of All, free us from the fear-mongering and political bullying that killed You. Empower us to stand in Your Name against such tyranny before all who govern in this World, this Country, and this Community. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                                                  Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen today!
                                                Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed!

~ Christ our Savior, Lord of All, lighten the burden of the hopeless in serious illness, despair, or desperation, and breathe new strength into all who give them care. We now join our voices to pray aloud for those in need… add your own petitions

                                                  Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen today!
                                                Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed!

~ Christ our Savior, Lord of All, may the glory of Your Resurrection remind all who mourn that earthly grief is temporary and we shall rejoice again with our loved ones in life everlasting. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                                                  Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen today!
                                                Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed!

~ Christ our Savior, Lord of All, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, aloud or silently… add your own petitions

                                                  Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen today!
                                                Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed!

~ Christ our Savior, Lord of All, renew the essence of vocation in all those who minister to our spiritual and pastoral needs. Energize and enliven them to take us forward in this glorious season and meet You again on our way. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
                                                  Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen today!
                                                Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed!
                                                                                                        
The Celebrant adds:  Holy Jesus, Redeemer of the World, Your Resurrection changed the face of the world forever. Excite our hearts and minds, and guide us to follow Your Gospel in our thoughts, words, and actions. We ask through You, our glorious Savior, and the Holy Spirit, the breath of our souls, who together with our Creator, are One God, now and forever in eternity.  Amen.






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