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Morning Prayer

Prayer, Bible Reading and Devotional Thoughts

Easter

Alternative Name:

Resurrection Day. The name Easter comes from pagan roots, and while it is preferable to call the day Resurrection Day, it is overwhelmingly recognized by our society as Easter.

Easter and the Church Calendar:

Easter is undoubtedly the most important of the days noted in the Christian calendar. It is the remembrance of Christ's resurrection the expression of His power and authority. Christians worship on Sunday, called the Lord's Day, rather than the Hebrew Sabbath, because of the importance of this day. Every Sunday is, in a sense, a remembrance of Resurrection Day. Eastertide, or Easter Season extends for the next 5 Sundays.

Calendar Color:

White. White is the symbol of purity and is associated with all the Calendar dates related to Christ: Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension and Trinity Sunday.

Subject:

The three resurrections, viz.: (1) the resurrection of Christ, (2) our spiritual resurrection to newness of life, (3) the resurrection of the body.

Epistle Lesson:

Colossians 3: 1-4

Gospel Lesson:

John 20: 1-16

Revised Collect:

Almighty God, through Your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ You have overcome death for us, and opened the gate of everlasting life to us; by Your special grace put good desires in our minds, and with Your continual help bring them to Your desired fulfillment; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Original Collect:

Almighty God, who through thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace inclining us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.