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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, April 10, 2017

Prayers of the People: Raising the Stakes Easter Day '17 Yr A

for April 16, 2016, Easter Day, Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Ps 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Mt 28-1-10



    ...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power...he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. [Acts 10:38]

     On this day the LORD has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. [Psalm 118:24]

      Since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is...Set your minds on the things that are above, not on things that are on earth... [Colossians 3:1a, 2a]

      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. [Matthew 28:5-6a]

      It's Easter! In the midst of all the colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, and baskets of plastic grass and toys, let's all stop and take a breath and consider: It's Easter!  Beyond the glorious music and singing, the solemnity of the Scriptures, the profusion of flowers with their heady perfumes - It's EASTER! Jesus the Christ, Messiah, Son of God, Holy Redeemer of our sins was murdered    and    then    he    ROSE FROM THE DEAD! Alive, breathing, speaking. He said he would and he did. Are we so jaded by secular culture that we have lost the amazement, the awe, the majesty of this moment? It is past time to recapture our wonder and look deeply into the heart of the faith that we claim. As the world around us becomes more "down to earth" and spirit-less, we must seek again those things that are above, where Christ is. The political stakes for Jesus were deathly high - much as they are for many of us today. Jesus raised them. So must we by taking ourselves out of the earthly tombs we create for ourselves and truly, deliberately, intentionally, follow the Christ we claim to believe. It's EASTER! Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Radiant Risen Jesus, our Christ, let us put aside the darkness of yesterday and revel in the Divine Light of Your Glorious Resurrection. On this Day of Days the LORD has acted! We must rejoice and be glad in it.

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

~ Radiant Risen Jesus, our Christ, endow the political leaders of this Earth, this Nation, and this Community with Your mantle of joy, love, and integrity of purpose that arouses compassion, peace, cooperation, justice, and mercy for all people everywhere. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                                               Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
                                               Jesus is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
                                               
~ Radiant Risen Jesus, our Christ, lavish Your healing grace and hope on all who are ailing in body, mind, or spirit, and on those who give them daily care. We now join our voices to pray aloud for those in need…

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

~ Radiant Risen Jesus, our Christ, our grateful hearts commend those we love, who have risen with You, into the heavenly peace and splendor of life everlasting. We pray especially for:  add your own petitions

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

~ Radiant Risen Jesus, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, aloud or silently… add your own petitions

                                               Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
                                               Jesus is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
           
~ Radiant Risen Jesus, our Christ, grant special grace to the leaders of Your Church who strive to enlighten and expand our own knowledge, wisdom, and desire to follow Your Truth.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions

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


The Celebrant adds:  Holy Christ, Resurrected in Glory, in dying You destroyed our mortal death; in rising You claimed salvation for our souls. Release us from all that binds us to the temporary and shallow that entombs us in this life, and set us again on the path to claim all that awaits us in our True and Eternal Life in God. We ask through the Holy Spirit, our Breath of New Life, and God, our Creator, who together with You are One God, transcendent, immutable, immortal. Amen.





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