An Easter Prayer
Most gracious God, I rejoice in the love you have shown our poor human race, opening up to us a path of deliverance from our sin and foolishness.
O God the Father, I praise you for your great and holy love. When we had utterly gone astray, you diligently sought us out and saved us, sending your beloved Son to suffer and die so that we might be restored into fellowship with you.
O God the Son, I praise you for your great and holy love. You humbled yourself for the sake of me and all people; you shared in our common life; you dwelt in the midst of all our sin and shame. You endured all the bitterness of the passion and died at last on the cross, so that we might be released from the shackles of sin and enter with you into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
O God the Holy Spirit, I praise you for your great and holy love. You daily pour into my heart the peace and joy of sin forgiven, so that I may share with all the saints in the blessings of my Lord’s incarnation, of his passion and crucifixion, and of his resurrection and ascension to the Father’s right hand.
O holy and blessed Trinity, help me to dwell so fully in the mystery of this heavenly love that all hatred and malice may be rooted out from my heart and life. Help me to love you, as you first loved me; and in loving you help me also to love my neighbor; and in loving you and my neighbor help me to be saved from all false love of myself; and to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be all glory and praise forever. Amen.
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