Keep this collection of reflective prayers for Easter Sunday close to you as you plan your Easter celebrations this year. Let them serve as reminders of why we celebrate this time of year – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Allow these prayers to be a part of the celebration while you and your loved ones are doing other fun springtime activities like decorating Easter eggs and coming up with Easter basket ideas for the kids. In fact, some of the prayers on this list are perfect for sharing with children so that they can learn that Easter is about more than egg hunting and candy eating.
Saying a short Easter prayer before or after your Easter dinner is another way to incorporate these prayers into your family’s favorite Easter traditions.
These best Easter prayers will enrich your family’s Easter celebrations as well as the days leading up to Easter. Allow them to be consistent expressions of gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings in your life.
A prayer for the greatest day
Lord we lift our hearts to You. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ.
Lord, we lift our eyes to You. As the sun rises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colors of promise in Your word.
Lord, we lift our prayers to You. As the dew air falls, may we breathe this morning in and know that like the earth, You sustain us, keep us and work within us always.
And so, we lift our voices to You. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise You!
Your victory is my victory
Lord Jesus Christ, I rejoice and rejoice continually in Your glorious and triumphant victory over death. For Your victory is my victory. Help me to live by it, in it, and for it. I am grateful to my depths—grateful forever. Amen.
— Selwyn Hughes
A thankful Easter prayer
You loved this world so much,
That you gave Your one and only Son,
That we might be called Your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For Your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell Your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord,
— Rachel Marie Stone
A prayer of thanks for the resurrection
Lord, death could not hold You. And because of You, the resurrection, we, too, can live. Thank You that the grave is only a journey into the presence of God. You have removed the sting of death and empowered this thing called life. Now I will live in Your presence forever.
— Rebecca Barlow Jordan
A prayer for your home at Easter
Creator God and Lord of Life, You who call forth from the darkness of death all those who love You, we rejoice, on this Easter Sunday, in the resurrection from the dead of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Visit our home and this table with Your bright blessing of peace and life. May the Risen Christ, our Lord and Savior, be our guest as we celebrate His resurrection with this Easter Sunday dinner. Bless those whose work to prepare this meal has truly been a work of prayer, and bless all of us who shall share it with Easter love and joy. May You, then, bless this table and this food, and each of us in Your holy name. Amen.
— Edward Hays
A children’s Easter prayer
God made you and God made me,
He made the world for us to see.
God loves you and long ago,
He sent his Son to tell us so.
Jesus showed us many things,
To love and share and dance and sing.
To learn and pray, to help and care,
He promised He’d always be there.
He died but then came back to life,
Let’s celebrate for He’s alive!
A prayer for overcoming love
Emerging from a cold tomb.
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God.
Transforming a broken heart.
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden.
The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love.
Jesus resurrected and restored.
Comforts a weeping woman.
Speaks with travelers on a journey.
Meets with His faithful friends.
And they bow down before Christ alive.
And acknowledged that the Savior has arrived.
That the word of God has come alive.
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth is complete.
— Julie Palmer
A prayer of wonder
Surprising Son of God,
You revealed the truth to women,
who were not believed by men.
You are in the voices of the unbelieved
and the ignored.
So bring us towards each other.
Bring us towards,
the truest truth.
Because here, if anywhere,
will we find You.
— Pádraig Ó Tuama
A prayer of hope
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, by Your radiant and magnificent resurrection, You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a conqueror.
You reconciled Heaven and earth. Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us. Your resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence, and brought us joy.
How inestimable is the tenderness of Your love!
— Saint Gregory the Great
A prayer of celebration
As the world sings triumphant cries to heaven over death that You conquered, help us, Lord, tomorrow as well, when the dresses are put away and the candy is all eaten and on with life we go, let us not forget.
The celebration of Your resurrection over death is a celebration of life that should continue well beyond the sunrise service and the music, rehearsed for days prior; it is beyond the sign of spring, beyond the lily, beyond new lambs grazing in open fields.
Resurrection is a daily celebration over fear; man’s greatest and most powerful enemy. Fear of tomorrow, fear of our yesterdays, fear of what shall become of our young, our old, our unborn. Resurrection is replacing fear with physical action.
This alone, the most touching and profound of Your signs that fear is dead and belief in You brings not just hope but life.
What better living parable could You have brought? All fear death. All. Even in the garden, You took on our fear if for only moments, it was as real as our fears can be real and You knew then that this single enemy must be destroyed.
And, You sacrificed your life, leaving those who had been comfort and follower; You left them behind, to conquer fear. I shall cling to this now, and the tomorrows given me. Peace and thanksgiving lifted unto You.
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