Worship During The Season Of Easter

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The services of the Easter season also continue to celebrate the broad sweep of salvation history and invite the church to engage in the most festive days of its history. In contemporary worship renewal, ancient services are being restored to the life of the church. They continue to make the church stand out in a unique way in the midst of a secular culture. Note that this collection of services also includes the Pentecost service. The Easter season concludes on Pentecost Sunday.

Calls To Worship For The Sundays Of Easter

The following litanies of praise from the ancient Eastern churches can be used in the Entrance Rites for the Sundays of Easter. They can be said or sung before the Entrance hymn or afterward in place of the hymn of praise.

Traditional Opening Prayers For The Season Of Easter

The prayers below, some of which are based on centuries-old texts, express the themes of Easter (Pascha) worship. Adapt these prayers to local usage and style.

Resources For Ascension Day

Ascension Day is the fortieth day after Easter. On this day, the church recalls the ascension of Christ into heaven and celebrates his rule over all Creation. The following information provides a helpful start for local congregations that want to revive the observance of this day.

Prayer Of Thanksgiving For Easter Lord’s Supper

The following prayer of thanksgiving may be used at the service of the Lord's Supper for any or all of the Sundays of the Easter season. Notice how this text transforms the Lord's Supper into a meal of celebration, an act of thanksgiving (Eucharist) to the Lord.

Blessings For The Easter Season

The following blessings are appropriate for use during the season of Easter.