Liturgical Time

An Easter Prayer

As the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same.

With the sixth week of Easter upon us I find myself looking back. Ash Wednesday seems as if it were a lifetime ago, not just 40 days of Lent followed by 50 days of Eastertide. When the reality of living during a global pandemic seemed to overwhelm, there was the comfort and joy of the seasonal ascent to the celebration Christ's resurrection, the high point of the liturgical year. Lent and Easter offered something familiar to lean on at a time when uncertainty was one of the few things to count on.

So it is with great joy that I proclaim: Spring has sprung! There are seeds to be sown, weeds to be pulled, and lawns to be cut. The glory of God is all around us! Sing praise! We have much for which to be grateful.

An Easter Prayer

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing.

And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power.

And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lurking dormant in our hearts.

And give us ears to hear, dear God
the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than our often empty words.

Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair
'Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in his care.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

An Easter Prayer by Helen Steiner Rice, whose her father died during the influenza epidemic of 1918

Photo by Marilyn Schauble, OSB