Alpha and Omega:
You said, the first shall be last.
We thought this a polite, simple rule.
But in your death and our life it rang true.
As you breathed your last, the earth gasped,
Cracking open, waking first those waiting in sleep.
In wonder they walked again not as the living dead,
But as the dead first truly living.
This all while you still hung cross-bound,
Nailed to decaying tree. As yet your own tombstone not rolled away.
The Father not yet counted three.
Word of Life:
All this just like you,
You became a suffering servant,
Offering abundant life to all who ask.
You held not to life so to lose it, but losing your life that all may gain.
In forsaking the world you saved it.
Thank you for life born from death.
So just as those tomb-bound on the day death died,
We too, today’s living dead, may finally
Walk resurrected life instead.
Lord of Life:
Let our steps now follow yours.
Into death that leads otherwise.
Use our new lives to also wake the dead.
Breathe into us that we may
Forever more reverberate with your words of life.
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
Here is another prayer to help you live the resurrected life: Sunday Psalm: Easter Praise