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A prayer for Easter Day

Blog | By Rev Steve Morris | Apr 12, 2020

The Resurrection of Christ by Rubens (The Cathedral of Our Lady)

And so, the night is far spent, and the day lies open before us. What a day it is too. Many of you will be feeling quite odd and at a bit of a loss. We can’t go to church today, Easter Day, to worship and be thankful for the resurrection.

It is important to think what is happening in that resurrection? What does it mean? I wasn’t a Christian for many years, it held no interest for me. But now I take so much heart and hope from Easter Day. I take it to mean something very profound for the human condition. Death isn’t the end. One day I will be back with my friends and family. Love wins, it always has done and always will.

I wonder what it must have felt like when those friends of Jesus realised that something amazing had happened. They knew that he had died, and yet here is full of life. The story becomes blunted by telling, but the fact of the resurrection is something that never loses its wonder. There is a huge power behind the resurrection – the God of gentleness and kindness was raised from the dead by a power that defeated the grave.

The following first millennium prayer from Bridgid of Gael, captures some of that resurrection power.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength:

God’s power to guide me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s eyes to watch over me;

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to give me speech,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to shelter me,

God’s host to secure me.

The Rev Steve Morris is author of a new book, Our Precious Lives: why telling and hearing stories can save the church