Prayer and contemplation form the basis of Easter. The festival denotes the end of Lent, the liturgical season of fasting and praying before Easter day. This season extends for forty days and denotes the time period, which Jesus spent in the desert. According to the Bible, here He endured temptation from Satan. The purpose behind the observance of Lent is to make the believers go through prayer, contrition, almsgiving and abstinence. This indeed prepares them for the annual celebration during the Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which finally results in Easter. Some of the prayers recited on the occasion of Easter are given below.
Prayers For Easter
Easter Prayer of St. Hippolytus of Rome
Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead,
the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever
Catholic Collect for Easter Sunday
God our Father,
By raising Christ your Son
You conquered the power of death
And opened for us the way to eternal life
Let our celebration today raise us up
And renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever
Eastern Prayer of Christ Resurrected
Christ, rising again from the dead
Dieth now no more:
Death shall no more have dominion over him;
For in that he died, he died once:
But in that he liveth, he liveth unto God,
Let the Jews now tell us,
How the soldiers,
Who guarded the sepulchre,
Lost the King,
Though they had placed a rock over him
Why kept they not the Rock of Justice?
Either let them restore the buried One,
Or adore with us the risen One, saying:
But in that he liveth,
He liveth unto God,
Prayer to the Resurrected Christ who Saves Us
O Jesus, King,
receive my supplication,
and consider my supplication,
as a pledge to You.
For you, O living King,
have gone forth and gone up,
out of Hell,
Woe to those who have rejected you;
For, to evil spirits and demons,
You are sorrow,
to Satan and to Death,
You are pain,
To Sin and Hell,
You are mourning.
Yet, joy has come today,
for those who are born anew.
On this great day therefore,
We give great glory to You,
who died and is now alive,
that to all you may give
life and resurrection!
Anglican-Use Collect for Easter Day
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
delivered us from the power of our enemy:
Grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live
with him in the joy of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Easter Prayer of Praise
Blessed be the God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ
In His great mercy
He has given us a new birth
To a living hope through the resurrection
Of Jesus Christ from the dead
And to an inheritance
That is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
It is reserved in heaven for you,
Who because of your faith in God
Are being protected by His power
Until the salvation
That is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
Easter is incomplete without prayer and service to the Lord. Check out some holy prayers for Easter day.