On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
Celebrant: The Lord is Risen! Let us place our needs before God our Father, rejoicing because Christ has triumphed over death and entered into glory.
READER: For the successors to the apostles, commissioned to preach to the people, that like Peter, they boldly proclaim the resurrection of Christ and the forgiveness of sins in His name, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For new believers everywhere and especially those who were baptized into our community last evening, that their witness of the resurrection be a source of joy and hope for all of us, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: May the triumph of Jesus over death be a comfort for those in distress, especially to those deprived of the freedom to worship and believe in Jesus Christ, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: May the joy of this Easter Day encourage us to grow in Christ, so that, like Him, we may choose to walk in the light and reject the darkness of sin, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For the deceased members of our community, the intentions we carry in our hearts, and for all those who have asked for our prayers and who we remember now in silence, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
CELEBRANT: Father, you raised Jesus to new life. Send your Spirit into our hearts that even in troubled times we may be people of hope. We ask this through Christ, our Risen Lord. (all) AMEN.