Easter Sunday

HAPPY EASTER - HE  IS RISEN!

Easter Sunday - reading , homily and prayers

Silently ask for God’s grace and blessing

Alleluia. Christ is risen- He is risen indeed  Alleluia

Collect for Easter Day

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin, and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity.   Amen

St John 20 v 1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him’. Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two  were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and saw and believed, for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, women, why are you weeping? She said to them, They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him. When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, Women, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking? Supposing him to be the gardener she said to him, Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus said to her, Mary.!  She turned and said to him in Hebrew, rabbouni  ( which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, Do not hold me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’ and she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

An Easter homily

There are many traditions associated with Easter, which this year sadly wont be able to be kept. – The carrying of a lightened candle into a darkened church building, from which, in the sharing of that light from person to person, all is transformed. A living symbol of a faith born of the life, death and resurrection of Our Saviour. A living symbol of our shared vocation as Christian people.  Such traditions may evolve , or even need to change, as today we are isolated one from another.

Yet these actions, are not fundamental, nor can be compared with the changes described in todays gospel.   Mary Magdelene  went to the tomb to care for the dead body of the person she already loved and followed, to find that her tears were turned to cries of joy.  It took the saying of her name, and the giving of a mission  ’I have seen the Lord’  to confirm that truth.  Her discipleship changes, fundamentally changes, confronted with the reality of the risen Jesus. The mystery of Christ’s rising eclipses all things

Of course we do not stand where she stood then, but in this we are not disadvantaged. Enough to trust, to be open, and to do, in communion with that same spirit. Conscious that our name is cherished, loved and spoken, in a world both of crisis and of opportunity.

This Easter, why not introduce your prayers at home by lighting a candle – truly an Easter candle, and as you look to the light, say the traditional words of greeting, as you make it your own

‘ May the light of Christ rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds’  Amen

May God bless you all

 

 

Our Father ………

For the gift of his Spirit- blessed be Christ

For his body the church – blessed be Christ

For the means of grace – blessed be Christ

For the hope of glory – blessed be Christ

For the triumphs of his gospel – blessed be Christ

For the lives of his saints – blessed be Christ

In sorrow and in joy – blessed be Christ

In life and in death – blessed be Christ

Now and to the end of the ages – blessed be Christ

Blessing and honour and thanksgiving and praise more than we can utter, more than we can conceive, be to you, O most adorable Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit, by all angels, all people, all creation. For ever and ever.  Amen. Alleluia

 


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