Welcome to Easter Season

Here you will find prayers and reflections for the Easter season, including original litanies and responsive prayers for use in worship services. I hope you find something to draw you deeper into this holy season of transformation into new life.
Note that in all responsive prayers, the Leader's words are shown in plain text, and the People's response in bold italic.

Now the Green Blade Riseth

New GrassNow the green blade riseth
from the buried grain,
wheat that in the dark earth
many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again
like wheat that springeth green.

— from hymn #204, The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal)

 

We invite you to spend time in contemplation with these words from wise ones. Then join in the conversation with your own poetic response.

You can enter into conversation with this text by adding your haiku response below.

Step By Step

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Homily for a Sunday after Easter

by
Margaret D. McGee

What does it mean for God, the Creator of our world, to enter into our daily lives and set us on a new course, a new path of life? What happens when that happens? And how do we live, day to day, so that it can happen, so that we are open and ready for God to bring new life into our world?

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Colloquy On New Life – A Poem for Easter by Carolyn Temte

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Ezekiel                                                &                                                Carolyn

A new heart I will give you,

A heart of clay
To shape, to mold
To give form as I desire

And a new spirit I will put within you;

A spirit of joy
A spirit of tolerance
A spirit of compassion

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Sing aloud, O Mothers and Fathers!

A litany for Easter services, by Margaret D. McGee.

Sing aloud, O mothers and sons! Fathers and daughters, sisters and brothers, rejoice and exult with all your hearts! [Read more…]

O God, Who Made the World

Responsive prayers by Margaret D. McGee, for use during Easter season.

O God, who made the world and everything in it, we pray with one voice, proclaiming your presence to all the earth. [Read more…]

Arise, O God – Hear Our Prayer

A litany by Margaret D. McGee, for use on Ascension Day or the Sunday after Ascension Day.

With open hearts, let us offer up our prayers together, saying,

Arise, O God,
Hear our prayer.  [Read more…]

Let Us Stand in Grace Together

At the St. Stephen’s Women’s Retreat, held at the Ocean Park Retreat Center and Camp on March 28-30, 2008, we experienced stormy winds, rain, snow, hail, sunshine, laughter, tears, and the fire of God’s Spirit in life and love. [Read more…]

A Picture of Abundant Life

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Homily for a Sunday after Easter

by
Margaret D. McGee

 

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” [Read more…]