Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter-day upon the earth; and though worms destroy this body yet, in my flesh shall I see God. For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep.
(from The Messiah by George Frederic Handel)
Your light is the only light we need
as we travel through life’s mystery.
Your word the only voice we hear
that still small voice that leads us
to the place where we should be.
Your presence is the only company we need
as we walk this narrow road.
Your fellowship the warmth we crave
to help us on our way.
May the truth of Easter,
The joy of Easter,
And the blessings of Easter,
Be with us this day and all days.
(Source: “A Liturgy for Easter Sunday”, © John Birch, at Faith and Worship – Prayers and Resources)
The Resurrection Story
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV)
How blessed is this day, when earth and heaven are joined and humankind is reconciled to God!
May the light of Jesus shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find his light ever-burning in our hearts — he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
(adapted from the Book of Common Prayer -1979, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.)
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Hallelujah!
“God is alive and well and lives in me.”
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