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SHORT EASTER PRAYER

SHORT EASTER PRAYER

BEAUTIFUL SHORT EASTER PRAYER BY ST GREGORY THE GREAT
It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You, Father
and Your Only-begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Father, by Your wondrous
Condescension of loving-kindness towards us,
Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam
for us to the Eternal Father by
Your Blood poured
forth in loving-kindness.

You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness
of Your love!
Amen.

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SHORT PRAYER FOR THE EASTER VIRTUES

SHORT PRAYER FOR THE EASTER VIRTUES

“Do not abandon yourself to despair.
We are the Easter people
and halleluiah is our song.”
– St John Paul II

PRAYER:

O Lord,
the Resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us the wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.
Amen.

 

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A SHORT EASTER PRAYER

It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You, Father
and Your Only-begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Father, by Your wondrous
Condescension of loving-kindness towards us,
Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam
for us to the Eternal Father by
Your Blood poured
forth in loving-kindness.

You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness
of Your love!
Amen.
(St Gregory the Great)

 

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“O RISEN LORD, YOUR BODY WAS PART OF YOUR POWER”

O risen Lord, Your body was part of Your power, rather than You a part in its weakness. For this reason You could not but rise again, if You were to die – because Your Body, once taken by You, never was or could be separated from You even in the grave.

I keep Your most holy Body before me as the pledge of my own resurrection. Though I die, it only means that my life is changed, for I shall rise again. Teach me to live as one who believes in the great dignity and sanctity of the material frame that You have given to me. Amen.

 

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OUR HEARTS BE PURE FROM EVIL (HYMN)

Our hearts be pure from evil,
That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
Of resurrection-light;
And, listening to his accents,
May hear so calm and plain
His own “All hail”, and, hearing,
May raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful,
And earth her song begin,
The round world keep high triumph,
And all that is therein;
Let all things seen and unseen
Their notes of gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen,
Our joy that has no end.
– John of Damascus, 8th century
tr. John Mason Neale

 

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WHILE FEASTING WITH THE SAVING LAMB (HYMN)

While feasting with the saving Lamb,
Enrobed in garments shining white,
In safety through the Red Sea led,
To Christ let us our joy recite.

O worthy sacrifice indeed,
Who broke the powers of hellish strife,
Who set a fettered people free
And gave them back the prize of life.

Glory to you, O Jesus Lord,
Who rose immortal from the dead;
To Father and to Holy Ghost
Be endless praise forever paid. Amen.

 

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HOW DO WE ENSURE A JOYFUL EASTERTIDE FOR WEEKS ON END?

THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

“QUESTION: It is obviously right that Easter forms the high point of the liturgical year, but it seems to fizzle out a bit during Eastertide. Once we have celebrated the fact of the Resurrection, how do we keep going for weeks on end?

ANSWER: I suppose it is a weakness of fallen human nature that we are better at being miserable for weeks on end than rejoicing for the same amount of time. Perhaps too we can easily succumb to the failure of faith that sees the Resurrection as a heart-warming story rather than giving our real assent to its being the victory over sin and death and therefore the most important event in the history of the universe.

To begin with, on Easter Sunday, throughout the Octave, and for the first weeks of Eastertide, we focus on the historical event of the resurrection and the appearances of the risen Christ. We celebrate these events as real, not simply stories, and we rejoice that Christ who lives for ever is present in us and in the whole Church.

Fundamental to this rejoicing is the celebration of Baptism: we think especially of those who are baptised at Easter but we associate ourselves as those endowed with the sacramental character of Baptism, and mark this by the renewal of our own baptismal profession of faith. Naturally we then recall in the liturgy the early years of the Church, brought to life through the Holy Spirit. Hence we hear parts of Our Lord’s discourse to the apostles in which He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit, as well as passages from the Acts of the Apostles.

Pentecost encapsulates the whole of Eastertide in a feast that brings the themes of the resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit, baptism, and the Church together in a joyful conclusion of the season, which then gives way to an extended period in which we are called to reap the fruits of Eastertide in daily life. So rather than fizzling out, the celebration of the Resurrection is extended through the year until we prepare to celebrate it with full force once again.”
– This article by Fr Tim Finigan was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue April 18 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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