Good and gracious God,
our most glorious Creator,
as we greet the signs in nature around us:
of Spring once again regaling us in bloom,
in the songs of returning birds and fields soon to be planted,
we give you praise for an even greater sign of new life: the resurrection of your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The sadness and despair of his death has given way to the bright promise of immortality.
For the Resurrection is our guarantee that justice will triumph over treason,
light will overcome darkness, and love will conquer death.
As we celebrate, we also dare to ask for your grace
that we may live the promise given to us,
by imitating the life of Jesus in reaching out to the poor, the marginalized, the least among us,
as we strive to be neighbour to all those we meet.
We ask your special blessings each and every day.
We praise you in this Easter season.
Change our lives, change our hearts to be messengers of Easter joy and hope.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord forever.
(Adapted from Fr Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA)
The celebration of Easter continues throughout the Easter season, for fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday, when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the apostles, and the church began its mission to spread to all peoples and all nations.