Easter Day Readings and Prayers

The First reading is written in the 34th verse of the 10th chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

Cornelius said to Peter: “Four days ago I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. We are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say to us.” Peter began to speak: “I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts people from every nation who love Him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached ~ how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing. We are witnesses of everything He did. They crucified Him, but God raised Him from the dead on the third day and caused Him to be seen.” While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. Then Peter said,“Can anyone withhold the water for baptising these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” He then baptised them in the name of Jesus Christ.

This is the Word of the Lord:  All: Thanks be to God

The second reading is written in the 1st verse of the 16th Chapter of the Gospel according to St. Mark:  All: Glory to You, O Lord

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus.And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was huge, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were afraid. But he said to them, “Do not be afraid; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen; He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.”

This is Word of the Lord: Thanks be to God


Prayers for Easter Day

Jesus Christ has risen and is alive amongst his people today!                                                                                                            Lord help us to be sensitive to your presence; give us ears to hear your word; give us hearts to feel your love; give us minds  to understand your truth; give us wills to practice what you preach. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

O God our Father, on this Easter Day we join with the members of your family all across the world to offer praise and thanksgiving for your son – Jesus alive, powerful and victorious. We rejoice that in Jesus all that separates, injures and destroys has been overcome by what unites, heals and creates. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

O Lord, who came to live among men, you promised to be with us always. You are present in times of happiness and times of sorrow. We recognise you in the goodness of people about us and in those who are in need. You guide us when we turn to you for help and speak to us through our knowledge of right and wrong. As you never leave us, may we never turn aside from following you. Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Ever living God, creator and sustainer of all things; the days grow longer and the rain is warmer at your command; seeds burst into life, the birds fill the air with song. We are surrounded by the beauty of your creation help us to be good stewards of our world and care for it so that future generations may also wonder at all you have provided for us to enjoy.                                                                                                   Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Hear our prayer, Lord for all who are ill, in hospitals at home, or wherever they may be. Give them courage, hope and peace and help them to know that you are with them in their weakness and suffering. Bless all those who reach out to help and care for them. Especially we pray for those who have no one to help them be with them In their loneliness  and surround them with your loving arms. Merciful Lord: accept these prayers