Sunday, March 23, 2008

prayer for Easter Sunday

Pascha

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

from Book of Common Prayer

Note: I take "Baptism" here to refer to Spirit baptism of which water baptism is a picture and metaphor for the Spirit's work in regenerating all who believe in God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

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O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(with help from Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed, this morning)

6 comments:

Pamela said...

I wandered in from a link left by your comments on the image of God the Jesus Creed blog, which I will quote for a class I teach to college students. Happy Easter, He is Risen Indeed!

NaNcY said...

:-)

Ted M. Gossard said...

Pamela,
Nice to meet you. Honored you would quote me. Over there the majority are much better read, or up in their reading I mean.

Amen, He is risen indeed!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Hope you've recuped from your trip back from New Zealand. I wonder what impressions it made on you. Hope you and yours had a most blessed time, and a good Easter.

Dan Brennan said...

Ted,

Hope you had a joy-filled Easter. I am still basking in the joy of celebration.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes Dan, indeed. I think maybe it was the most joyful Easter I've had yet! At least from what I remember. Glad your's was!