Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In his great mercy he has given us a new birth
to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and never fades.
It is reserved in heaven for you, who because of your faith in God
are being protected by His power until the salvation
that is ready to be revealed at the end of time. 1 Peter 1: 3ff
Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayst rise:
That, as his death calcinedthee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, just.
Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name,
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.
George Herbert: Easter
Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.