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THE PRAYERS, 

Easter Day, The Resurrection of Our Lord, Cycle B (April 4, 2021)

 

Let us pray to our victorious Savior on behalf of the Church, the world, and all people.

A brief silence

O Lord Jesus, risen gloriously from the dead, you have snatched us from the snares of the evil one: alleluia! In you, righteousness and peace kiss one another: alleluia! In you, all God’s promises have their “yes”: alleluia! In you, we shall not die but live, and declare the glory of the Lord: alleluia!

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill your Church with the splendor of your life, light, and love. May its words and deeds proclaim: “Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Impart your deathless love to Christians who suffer persecution even on this holy day. Grant them the joy of your saving help. Purge the leaven of evil from the hearts of their tormentors. Hasten the day when together they kneel before you in adoration.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Crown this congregation with unfading joy, unfailing kindness, undaunted hope, and unceasing praise. Let everyone we meet see your goodness revealed in our words and deeds.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Graciously bless the guests and visitors among us this day. Kindle the hearts of those who do not yet believe that you have conquered sin and death. Grant them faith to know that you live to bestow health and salvation upon them forever.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Grant peace among all nations. Impart wisdom, integrity, and holy fear to our leaders. Bestow joy, hope, and healing upon all people, especially those afflicted by human malice or natural catastrophe.  Bring us into right relationship with you and each other forever.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Be the strong and righteous arm of all who stand in harm’s way on behalf of others. Make them brave, wise and good. Shield them from the forces of evil. Heal them when they fall. Fill their loved ones with confidence in your triumph over every foe.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We plead on behalf of all who are sick, wounded, abused, imprisoned, despairing, grieving or dying, and for all who crave your mercy, including: {List}. Impart your life and love to them, so they may sing the Psalmist’s words, “I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most holy and gracious Savior, thank you for redeeming all who have fallen asleep in your arms. In your mercy, wipe away the tears of all whose grief runs deep. Feed us all with a foretaste of your Kingdom feast. Take away the shroud of sin, suffering and sorrow that troubles this broken world. Give us faith to serve one another in humble gratitude for your goodness. Bring us to stand with all the redeemed and sing, “Blessing, honor, glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever! Amen! This is the feast of victory for our God! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Grant to us all that is in accordance with your will, dear Jesus, and accomplish your salvation among us; for you are risen from the dead and dwell in majesty with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.