Prayers for Resurrection Sunday
Christ is Risen
He is Risen Indeed!
Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus' body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?”
She answered, “They have taken away my Lord's body! I don't know where they have put him.”
As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”
John 20:11-16 (CEV)
Today we celebrate the joyful awakening of greeting the risen Lord. Faithful followers around the world have different traditions to greet this day.
My faith community tradition is to start the day in the darkness, standing on a beach, looking towards the horizon. As the sun rises, we celebrate the resurrection of the Son of God together with bread and wine and music. Later, we share freshly cooked fish from our little portable bbq on the beach, along with fresh bread. It reminds us of the time shortly after his resurrection when Jesus cooked fish on the beach for his disciples. You can read about it in John 21.
You might like to start your day in darkness and find somewhere to watch the sun rise. Turn your watching into a prayer to the risen Lord.