Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen
“It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your life, or how bad you’ve sinned. I rejected God, but he still knew that I was redeemable. I was worth saving. There is no soul anywhere on this earth that is beyond the reach of God. It’s never too late.” ~Deborah Lipsky, from Confessions of an Ex-Satanist: A Message of Hope
O Lord, through our Easter celebrations, renew your people in zeal to speak and live the Gospel, that the Church may truly be a living sacrament of salvation for all peoples, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer from Magnificat Magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Friday within the Octave of Easter, 2021.
Lord Jesus Christ, you revealed to your disciples the mystery of your humanity risen and glorified. Grant us the eyes of faith to see your presence in all those who are your Body, you who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer from Magnificat Magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Thursday within the Octave of Easter, 2021.
O God, in Christ you give bread to the hungry. May we who have put on Christ and eaten at his banquet table turn in love toward all those who are without food for body or spirit, and freely give what we have been so richly given, proclaiming with joy the Christ whom we have come to know in his sacramental gifts. We ask this in his most holy name. Amen.
Prayer from Magnificat Magazine, U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter 2021.
O Lord our God, you walk in our midst as you walked in the garden of Eden in the cool of the evening. Have mercy on us who fail to see and know you now as Mary failed to know you in the garden beside the tomb. Awaken our faith to see you and our love to serve you with rejoicing, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer from Morning Prayer, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter 2021, Magnificat Magazine, U.S. edition.
O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they have received in faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen
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. (John 20:1-9)
Let us pray.
O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen