Opening Prayers for the Easter Season – 1998 Sacramentary/ Missal

Easter Sunday Morning

On this most holy day, Lord God,

through the triumph of your only-begotten Son

you have shattered the gates of death

and opened the way to everlasting life.

Grant, we beseech you,

that we who celebrate the festival of the Lord’s resurrection

may rise to a new and glorious life

through the quickening power of your Spirit.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Easter Sunday Afternoon (Scripture is Luke 24:13-35)

O God, worker of wonders,

you made this day for joy and gladness.

 

Let the risen Lord abide with us the evening,

opening the Scriptures to us

and breaking bread in our midst.

 

Set our hearts aflame and open our eyes,

that we may see in his sufferings

all that the prophets spoke

and recognize him at this table,

the Christ now entered into glory, firstborn from the dead,

who lives with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Second Sunday of Easter

God of everlasting mercy,

each year when the feast of Easter returns

you enliven the faith of your holy people.

Increase in us the grace you have already bestowed,

that we may understand more fully

in whose font we have been washed,

in whose Spirit we have been reborn,

and in whose blood we have found redemption.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Second Sunday of Easter Alternative Opening Prayer

God of life,

Source of all faith,

through the waters of baptism

you have raised us up in Jesus

and given us life that endures.

 

Day by day refine our faith,

that we who have not seen the Christ

may truly confess him as our Lord and God

and share the blessedness of those who believe.

 

Grant this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Third Sunday of Easter

Let your people for ever exult, O God,

let the joy of their youth be renewed,

that we who now rejoice to be your adopted children

may look forward with certain hope

to the day of resurrection.

 

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Alternative Prayer, Cycle C

God of life,

in your risen Son

you reveal your abiding presence among us

and summon those reborn in baptism

to lives of worship and service.

 

Fill this assembly with reverence

as we come before you in prayer.

Grant us courage and zeal

in bearing witness before the world

to your Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

who lives and reigns with you now and always

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

God of everlasting power,

guide us toward the joyful company of heaven,

so that your lowly flock may follow

where Christ, the great Shepherd, has gone before

and lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Alternative Prayer, Cycle C

Safe in your hand, O God,

is the flock you shepherd

through Jesus your Son.

 

Lead us always to the living waters

where you promise respite and refreshment,

that we may be counted among those

who know and follow you.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

God of unfailing mercy,

who redeemed us and adopted us as your children,

look upon us with tender love,

that we who believe in Christ

way enjoy true freedom

and enter our promised inheritance.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Alternative Prayer, Cycle C

We behold your glory, O God,

in the love shown by your Son,

lifted up on the cross

and exalted on high.

 

Increase our love for one another,

that both in name and in truth

we may be disciples of the risen Lord Jesus

and so reflect by our lives

the glory that is yours.

 

Grant this through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

who lives and reigns with you now and always

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

 

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God,

enable us to celebrate with fitting joy

these days of happiness,

that as we accompany the risen Lord in faith

we may express in our daily lives the joyful memory of Easter.

 

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Alternative Prayer, Cycle C

Great and loving Father,

your will for us in Jesus

is the peace the world cannot give;

your abiding gift

is the Advocate he promised.

 

Calm all troubled hearts,

dispel every fear.

Keep us steadfast in love

and faithful to your word,

that we may always be your dwelling place.

Grant this through Jesus Christ, the first born from the dead,

who lives and reigns with you now and always

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

The Ascension of the Lord

Almighty God,

make our hearts dance with joy and thanksgiving;

for in the ascension of Christ, your Son,

our human nature is raised above the heavens,

and where Christ, the head, has gone before in glory

we, his body, are called in hope.

 

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Alternative Prayer, Cycle C

God of majesty,

you led the Messiah

through suffering into risen life

and took him up to the glory of heaven.

 

Clothe us with the power

promised from on high,

and send us forth to the ends of the earth

as heralds of repentance

and witnesses of Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

who lives and reigns with you now and always

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Lord God,

we firmly believe that Christ our Saviour

now reigns with you in majesty.

Open your ears to our prayer,

that we may also experience the truth of his promise

to remain with us always, even to the end of time.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Alternative Prayer, Cycle C

Father, righteous one,

your beloved Son prayed

that his disciples in every generation

might be one as you and he are one.

 

Look upon this assembly

gathered in his name.

Fulfill in us the prayer of Jesus

and crown our celebration of this paschal season

with your Spirit’s gift of unity and love.

Grant this through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

who lives and reigns with you now and always

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Pentecost, Vigil Mass

Almighty and ever-living God,

whose will it was

to encompass the paschal mystery within a season of fifty days,

grant that the people once scattered over the face of the earth

and divided by many tongues

may be gathered together by your heavenly Spirit

to confess your name with a single voice.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Or

God of power,

let the splendour of your glory come upon us,

and through the radiance of the Holy Spirit

let the brightness of Christ,

who is light from light,

shine in the hearts of those born again by grace.

 

Grant this…

Vigil Alternative Opening Prayer

God of majesty and glory,

you bring us to the day

that crowns our joyful Easter feast.

 

Open for us the fountain of living waters

promised to the faithful,

that the outpouring of the Spirit

may reveal Christ’s glory

and enlighten all who wait in hope

for the glorious day of redemption.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Pentecost Mass During the Day of Pentecost

Lord God,

through the mystery of this holy feast

you sanctify your Church in every nation and people.

Pour out the gifts of your Spirit

across the face of the earth,

and in your merciful kindness

touch the hearts of all believers

as you touched those who first heard

the preaching of the gospel.

 

We ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son…

Alternative Opening Prayer During the Day

Send down, O God, upon your people

the flame of your Holy Spirit,

and fill with the abundance of your sevenfold gift

the Church you brought forth

from your Son’s pierced side.

 

May your life-giving Spirit

lend fire to our words

and strength to our witness.

Send us forth to the nations of the world

to proclaim with boldness your wondrous work

of raising Christ to your right hand.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus, your Son….