Easter Monday Prayer

Father: Christ is risen, Alleluia.

Family: He is truly risen, Alleluia.

Father: Let us pray. O God,

through this paschal solemnity Thou hast bestowed upon the world Thy healing grace;

pursue Thy people, we beseech Thee,

with heavenly gifts so that we may obtain

perfect freedom and arrive at life eternal.

Through Christ our Lord.

Family: Alleluia, Alleluia.

Father: And behold two of them went the same day

to a town which was sixty furlongs from Jerusalem

named Emmaus and they talked together

of all these things which had happened.

And it came to pass

that while they talked and reasoned with themselves,

Jesus Himself also, drawing near, went with them.

But their eyes were held that they should not know Him,

and he said to them: What are these discourses

that you hold with one another as you walk,

and are sad?

And one of them whose name was Cleophas

answering said to Him:

Art Thou only a stranger in Jerusalem

And hast not known the things that have been done there

in these days?

To whom He said: What things?

And they said: Concerning Jesus of Nazareth

who was a prophet

mighty in work and word

before God and all the people;

and how our chief priests and princes

delivered Him to be condemned to death,

and crucified Him.

But we hoped that it was He that should have redeemed Israel.

And now besides all this,

today is the third day since these things were done.

Yea, and certain women also of our company affrighted us;

who before it was light were at the sepulchre

and not finding His body came

saying that they had also seen a vision of angels

who say He is alive.

And some of our people went to the sepulchre

and found it so as the women had said,

but Him they found not.

Then He said to them:

O foolish and slow of heart to believe

in all things which the prophets have spoken.

Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things

and so enter into His glory?

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets

He expounded to them in all the Scriptures

the things that were concerning Him. [Luke 24:13-27]

Source: Family Customs: Easter to Pentecost by Helen McLoughlin.]

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