Easter Vigil, The Resurrection of the Lord
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Matthew 28:1-10 Introductory Prayer:
Jesus, you are my faithful friend in life and in death. May I discover in your rising my
guarantee and hope of everlasting life. After such a show of love you deserve all my faith, all my
hope and all my love. I offer these to you humbly and gratefully. You alone are the Lord of my life.
You are the true purpose of my life. I long to see your loving face, Lord, but I must wait in hope
to see you in eternity.
Petition: 1. The Dawn of the New Creation:
renew me by your Resurrection.
Magdalene and the other Mary head to the tomb on the "first day" of the week, as day is
dawning. But today holds a new beginning. On the original "first day" God had said, "Let
there be light." Now a new light is dawning. Easter is the dawn of a New Creation.
Nature is restored and elevated by the grace of Christ's Resurrection. There is an earthquake
– not because nature convulses as it did on Good Friday – but because an angel has descended from
heaven. No lightning strikes from the sky, yet the angel's appearance is like lightning.
His clothing is white as snow, yet no blizzard buries the disciples in desperation. Redemption
from sin is won: "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are
red like crimson, they shall become like wool" (Isaiah 1:18). Let my soul bathe in this Easter
light; may I become dazzling white such as no fuller on earth can bleach me.2. Unafraid:
The cause for fear has vanished: "I know that you are looking for Jesus who was
crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said." The worst had been expected
after the devastation of Good Friday; instead, Easter unimaginably fulfills the greatest hope.
The place where Christ had lain is now empty. Rather, the soldiers who had guarded the tomb
are the ones who lie like dead men on the ground. O Death, where is your sting? Death
has proven defenseless against the Resurrection. Fearless joy bids me to run tell the
Jesus does not delay long in encountering the souls he
has redeemed. He stops the two women who are running along their way: "Greetings!". Only
he has the words of everlasting life. He is the Resurrection. He is to be worshipped as
the Source of Life itself. His light dispels every last shadow of fear. He confirms his
disciples in the faith. This is the Good News: All of his brothers will witness the Risen
Lord. And we shall be his witnesses to the ends of the earth!Conversation with
Lord Jesus, I desire to encounter you by Easter light. Wash my soul white as
snow. Dispel all darkness from my heart. Flood me with your joy. Allow me to be
your witness to the ends of the earth.
After the Easter Vigil and
before Easter Sunday is over, I will greet someone by saying joyfully, "The Lord is
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