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Prayer Reflections for Easter

 

The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid," he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!' Remember what I have told you.”

 -Matthew 28.5-7

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones. Assembled here are several Easter prayers rooted in Ignatian spirituality that can be used for your family gatherings. They can be viewed below or as a downloadable PDF.

Click here to download a printable version of these prayers. 


Easter Communion

Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:  
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips. 
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,  
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced 
To crosses meant for Jesu's; you whom the East  
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips 
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,  
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,    
God shall o'er-brim the measures you have spent 
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze 
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment 
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease. 
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent: 
 Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.

 - Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

Fr. Hopkins was a British poet who converted to Catholicism and then pursued a vocation in the Society of Jesus.


Easter Sunday Prayer

God our Father, creator of us all,  
today is the day of Easter joy.  
May Christ, our Risen Lord,  
open our minds and strengthen  
our hearts to recognize him  
in the breaking of bread,  
and follow him, risen and alive,  
all our days. Amen

 - JesuitPrayer.org

A work of the Midwest Province Jesuits, JesuitPrayer.org, offers daily reflections written by Jesuits.


 Help Us to Remain Close to You

Lord Jesus, we ask you now 
to help us to remain with you always, 
to be close to you with all the ardor of our hearts, 
to take up joyfully the mission you entrust to us 
and that is to continue your presence 
and spread the good news of your Resurrection.

 - Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

Cardinal Martini served as Archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002. He was named a cardinal in 1983.





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