An Easter Prayer

I am currently enjoying reading various collections of Puritan prayers.  Boy, they knew how to pray well.  I love to read their prayers and then, inspired by them and reflecting on God’s Word, write my own to be used in our worship services.  Here’s the prayer I wrote for our Sunday evening Easter Communion service.

Our gracious Heavenly Father,

This Easter time, we call to mind the Passion and Triumph of your Eternal Son.

Our saviour, Jesus Christ,

Was lifted up upon a common criminal’s cross, is now ascended to the highest heaven;

Was the Man of Sorrows, crowned with thorns, is now Lord of Life wreathed with glory.

Once no shame was deeper than his,

No agony more bitter,

No death more cruel;

Now no exaltation more high,

No life more glorious,

No priest more effective.

His death is our life,

His resurrection our peace,

His ascension our hope,

His intercession our comfort.

Fill our hearts afresh with the knowledge of your love for your children in Christ.

Give us the assurance that

In Christ we died,

In Him we rose,

In his life we live

In his victory we triumph,

In his ascension we shall be glorified.

For your glory and the praise of Jesus Christ,

Amen.