Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
On this Easter Day, we put aside our sorrows knowing that all evil and pain can be overcome just as the Resurrection overcame even death. We offer our prayers and petitions with hope and joy.
- That the Church will be an inviting presence in the world for those who suffer and for those who seek guidance for their lives, that all may come to know Jesus and the message of the Gospels. We pray to the Lord.
- That peace may be present throughout our world such that wars will end, refugees will find safety, the poor will be free of hunger, leaders will avoid corruption, and a spirit of respect will be the hallmark of human interactions. We pray to the Lord.
- That the newly baptized and all Catholics will find welcoming communities that foster a growth in faith and of commitment to living the Gospel. We pray to the Lord.
- That the fire at Notre Dame cathedral will be recognized as a tragedy that gives light to the faith of those who sacrificed for its construction and will cause people to marvel at faith expressed in such structures. We pray to the Lord.
- That the bishops may see their failure to eliminate all forms of abuse as a tragedy more serious than the destruction of a monument in that it causes people to doubt their own faith and to turn away from Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
- That those Christians around the world who suffer from persecution and are not free to celebrate Easter openly may be given courage, grace, and trust that the Risen Lord overcomes all evil. We pray to the Lord.
- As he approaches the sixteenth anniversary of his arrival at St. Isabel, may Fr. Christopher be renewed in his determination and see in Easter the message that he will find redemption by persisting along the path of truth. We pray to the Lord.
- That the sick in need of healing and the distressed in need of peace will be ministered to with love and encouragement and will rejoice in the Resurrection. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died will be welcomed into the eternal life of heaven where they will suffer no longer from the scourges of evil. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God, on this Easter Day may heaven and earth rejoice, for the rising of Jesus from the dead makes us alive with faith, hope, and charity. We make our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 thought on “Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019”
I watched the first four hours of the story of Jesus which was on CNN TV here in Michigan——Easter Sunday night—I hope some of you were able to see it!
I was too tired to watch the last two hours of it and hope I get to see the end another time!
It was good to watch it on Easter and realize how much Jesus suffered — just because he loved us–and was doing the work that the Father gave him to do !
We all know the story but to see it as ‘Jesus falsely accused and condemned to a kind of death…even as he knew He did nothing wrong’———– knowing He didn’t deserve any of that
punishment— — and walking along with him in that His cruel passion …the sadness of being accused unjustly- and the unjust insinuations of some onlookers standing by observing — not knowing ——the insults and the hurt it caused Jesus ,an innocent good man–watching this movie reminded me – it reminded me so much of Fr Christopher’s suffering even as I watched it- —
One thing made me stop as never before–although i knew the story of Lazarus and his sisters —–and considered it
Let’s just say that many times during this Holy Week at the meaningful services in our parish – Father Christopher and his absence to the people he wants to serve were a great loss—-he has always faithfully celebrated his priesthood and those gifts of his were on our minds and in our hearts!
We pray for Fr Christopher to be given his rightful return to the full ministry as a priest forever and soon.