Feb 23, 2013

Opening Prayer for the Easter Season


Here’s a prayer of invocation for the season of Easter.  It comes from the Church of South India.

Prayer of Invocation for Easter

O risen Lord,
who in your first appearance to Mary was mistaken for the gardener:
be present with us,
and show yourself to us all in all our mistakes and uncertainties.

O risen Lord,
who appeared to your dejected disciples on the road to Emmaus,
and opened to them the scriptures,
so that their hearts burned within them:
be present with us, and set our hearts on fire with love for you.

O risen Lord,
who gave to your distraught followers
the assurance of healing and forgiveness:
be present with us,
and bring together all Christians in peace and harmony.

O risen Lord,
who mindful of the needs of your disciples,
prepared a meal by the Sea of Galilee:
be present with us,
and make yourself known to us in all acts of hospitality and sharing.

O risen Lord,
who in your final appearance on the Mount of Olives,
lifted up hands of blessing on all people:
be present with us,
and grant that our prayers today may be taken up into yours
on behalf of the whole world.

~ from the Church of South India (adapted). Included in The Book of a Thousand Prayers, compiled by Angela Ashwin  Posted on Prayers and Creeds. http://prayersandcreeds.wordpress.com/