Surprised by the Resurrection: Easter Prayer

This is the pastoral prayer that we are praying at our Easter service this morning at St. Marys UMC.

It includes a selection from St. John Chrysostom’s famous Easter sermon which can be found at Fr. Frank Logue‘s blog.

Let us pray:

God ALMIGHTY! In your great love for each and every person, everywhere, in all times, you sent your only begotten son so that whoever believes in him will have eternal life! He was born into a broken world and brought the hope of salvation! He preached to the world about repentance and the coming Kingdom of Heaven! He healed the sick! He cast out demons! He gave sight to the blind! And just when the world suspected him to rise to greatness—he was crucified.

The world slept that night after his death, lost and not knowing what happened to eternity. Many of us went to bed with that same confusion, God. We awaken today to the full promise that Jesus has overcome death and sin! Others went to bed last night with no thought of their souls. God, may they be surprised by the resurrection! May they see you as Mary saw you—as the disciples saw you that they might believe!

May the whole world be surprised by the resurrection and this promise of new and eternal life! May the resurrection seep into every crack and crevice of this world and overcome every evil thing! May the Risen Christ reign in every down-trodden heart, every victimized soul, every sinners being, and in all of creation!

In the words of John Chrysostom, leader in the early Greek church: O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are abolished. Christ is risen and the demons are cast down. Christ is risen and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life is freed. Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever.

God ALMIGHTY! In your great love for each and every person, everywhere, in all times, you sent your only begotten son so that whoever believes in him will have eternal life! He was born into a broken world and brought the hope of salvation! He preached to the world about repentance and the coming Kingdom of Heaven! He healed the sick! He cast out demons! He gave sight to the blind! And just when the world suspected him to rise to greatness—he was crucified.

The world slept that night after his death, lost and not knowing what happened to eternity. Many of us went to bed with that same confusion, God. We awaken today to the full promise that Jesus has overcome death and sin! Others went to bed last night with no thought of their souls. God, may they be surprised by the resurrection! May they see you as Mary saw you—as the disciples saw you that they might believe!

May the whole world be surprised by the resurrection and this promise of new and eternal life! May the resurrection seep into every crack and crevice of this world and overcome every evil thing! May the Risen Christ reign in every down-trodden heart, every victimized soul, every sinners being, and in all of creation!

In the words of John Chrysostom, leader in the early Greek church: O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are abolished. Christ is risen and the demons are cast down. Christ is risen and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life is freed. Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever.

AMEN.

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One response to “Surprised by the Resurrection: Easter Prayer

  1. Hey Jim!

    It’s your classmate from Worship! I like your blog and have added it to my google reader! I hope Jackson is feeling much better and I hope you and your family had a lovely Easter day! Take care and see you in class!

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