Lord Jesus Christ, we greet you. The cross has not defeated you, and the grave has not kept you silent. At the first dew of the morning, you met our sister, Mary, and called her by her name. We are your family and friends. Meet us as you met Mary, with gentleness and resolution. Speak our names quietly in our hearts, that we may proclaim your name boldly with our lips. Amen.
Brightness of God’s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in the Spirit. Let no shadow of the grave terrify us, and no fear of darkness turn our hearts from you. Reveal yourself to us this day and all our days, as the first and the last, the Living One, our immortal Savior and Lord. Amen.