Confident that the resurrection of Christ has defeated sin and death, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.
A brief silence.
Risen Lord, the light of your love shines on, through the faces and words of others as it illuminates the places where you are present and brings hope into our troubled world. When the disciples struggled with the reality of your appearance, you penetrated the darkness of their fear and doubt with your words of peace. You showed them the marks on your hands and feet. Then opened their minds to understand that you had to die to defeat death. Increase our understanding of your resurrection - and your call for each of us. Open our minds and hearts to answer you. Let us pray. Have mercy, O God.