Table of Contents
- Easter Morning Prayer
- Easter Dinner Prayer (Mealtime Prayer)
- Easter Prayers for Kids
- Short Easter Prayers
- Catholic Easter Prayers
- Divine Mercy
- Additional Prayers
Easter is more than just the most important celebration on the liturgical calendar.
The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of all Christianity.
Referencing Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “‘If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.’ The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings.”
This is why we rejoice. Easter is everything. Jesus’s death frees us from sin and his resurrection ensures new life for us.
Easter calls for celebration, certainly, but it’s also an important time for prayer.
Hallow can help you draw closer to God with ideas for Easter prayers in 2023.
Easter Morning Prayer
Before baskets, egg hunts and the scramble to get to Mass, the morning can be a great opportunity to draw near to God with a simple prayer to begin the day.
Use these simple words to offer up a quiet moment to God before the Easter festivities begin in earnest.
- Heavenly Father, our hearts are so full of joy today. You feel so near to us on this most special celebration of Easter. May the love we feel this morning stay with us the rest of the day and always. Amen.
- As we begin this day celebrating Jesus’s victory over death, we pray, O Heavenly Father, that You be near to us and continue to guide us until we join in the unending celebration in heaven. In Your name we pray. Amen.
- I offer up this morning to you, Lord, and pray in gratitude for the gift of salvation that Jesus won for us. As the day gets busier, may I never stray far from the quiet peace I feel in my heart right now, knowing how deep Your love is for me. Amen.
- Liturgy of the Hours
Easter Dinner Prayer
Unlike Christmas, where many traditions call for a big dinner feast on Christmas Eve, most celebratory Easter meals take place on Easter Sunday (perhaps partly because the Easter Vigil takes place on Saturday night!)
Whether you’re planning a big Easter dinner, pulling out all the stops for an Easter brunch, or enjoying a simple meal in the peace of a quiet home, mealtime is a great way to remain prayerful on this most holy day.
Here are some suggestions for simple Easter meal prayers you can pray before indulging in your Easter feast:
- God, please bless this delicious food, along with the hands that harvested and prepared it. May it nourish our bodies and souls and help lead us to the amazing heavenly banquet that Jesus’s victory over death promises us. Amen.
- On this Easter Day, we celebrate the empty tomb and Jesus’s resurrection but think also of our brothers and sisters in need, who may not eat today. We lift them up as we pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.
- God, who is the source of all the good in our lives, we ask You to bless us. We gather at this table as family and friends, united in love of You. We are filled with gratitude for the gift of this meal and the many gifts you’ve given us. May we carry with us tomorrow the joy that we feel today, sharing Your love and building Your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
- After Jesus was resurrected, he commissioned his disciples and reminded them that he was with them always. Jesus calls us, as well. And He’s here with us now, too. May this meal give us strength and courage to follow God’s call in our own lives. Amen.
- Heavenly Creator, we lift up these gifts to You, grateful for the gift of life. We give thanks for this meal as we pray for peace in our world and the renewal of society. Amen.
- Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from Thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
When you’re all done with dinner, consider closing the day with night prayer.
Easter Prayers for Kids
In the weeks before Easter, chocolate, plastic Easter eggs, baskets, candy, cards and more fill the shelves of grocery stores.
However, if our children’s only experience of Easter is the Easter Bunny and the gifts it brings, they’ll completely miss the true meaning and importance of Easter.
You can celebrate Easter with baskets of treats and hearts filled with love of God. And it doesn’t require elaborate prayers. Pray one of these simple prayers with your kids to keep Jesus at the center of the day:
- Jelly Bean Prayer: Red is for the blood you gave, and black is for the empty grave. Yellow is for the shining sun, white is for the new life begun. Green is for the grass and trees and purple is for your majesty. Orange is for the edge of night, and pink is for the morning light. Amen!
- Jesus, thank You for your sacrifice. Jesus, thank You for my life. Today is Easter so we pray, That we’ll join you in heaven someday.
- Today is a very special Sunday. We thank you, God, for all the love You’ve given us and for the gift of Jesus. On this Easter, we pray in Your name. Amen.
- Bunnies remind us of all the animals You made, and all the beautiful things You created. We love you, God, more than any chocolate, candy or toy. We ask for Your Easter blessing on this special day. Amen.
Short, Simple Easter Prayers
There are many great ways to draw nearer to God on Easter through prayer. The Rosary and Lectio Divina are wonderful options for Easter prayer.
If you’re short on time but are still looking for ways to connect with God on Easter, here are some short Easter prayers to consider:
- God, may we feel the warm embrace of your love on this sacred day. May the glory of Jesus’s resurrection remind us that with You, nothing is impossible or without hope. We pray in Your name. Amen.
- On this holy day, and in this season of renewal, we pray in thanksgiving for the many blessings You give us. May our words and deeds today, and always, serve as reminders of the transformative power of Your love. Amen.
- Lord, thank You for this Easter celebration and all the gifts you give us. Amen!
- Jesus has been raised to new life. Alleluia! Thank you, God, for the gift of your Son. Amen.
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Hail Mary prayer
Catholic Easter Prayers
Here are some prayers from various prominent Catholic leaders to consider during Easter:
Today, as pilgrims in search of hope, we cling to you, Risen Jesus. We turn our backs on death and open our hearts to you, for you are Life itself.Pope Francis, 2020
It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You Father and Your Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, by Your wondrous condescension of Loving-Kindness toward us, Your servants, You gave up Your Son. Dear Jesus You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father by Your Blood poured forth in Loving-Kindness. You cleared away the darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiant 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’s Easter Prayer
Dear brothers and sisters, Easter does not work magic. Just as the Israelites found the desert awaiting them on the far side of the Red Sea, so the Church, after the resurrection, always finds history filled with joy and hope, grief and anguish. And yet, this history is changed, it is marked by a new and eternal covenant, it is truly open to the future. For this reason, saved by hope, let us continue our pilgrimage, bearing in our hearts the song that is ancient and yet ever new: “Let us sing to the Lord: glorious his triumph!”.Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
Blessed are you, O Mary, silent witness of Easter! You, O Mother of the Crucified One now risen, who at the hour of pain and death kept the flame of hope burning, teach us also to be, amongst the incongruities of passing time, convinced and joyful witnesses of the eternal message of life and love brought to the world by the Risen RedeemerPope John Paul II, 2004
Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a popular Catholic prayer that is especially meaningful around Easter.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet has its roots in 20th century Poland, when Jesus appeared to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun.
Rosary beads are required, though the prayers said are different than the traditional rosary.
The period of time from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday (the first Sunday following Easter) is when many Catholics will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.