|| Clarence W. Hall
Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end.
|| Saint John of Damascus
Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."
|| Phillips Brooks
Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.
|| Floyd W. Tomkins
Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.
|| Charles M. Crowe
It is the hour to rend thy chains,
The blossom time of souls.
|| Katherine Lee Bates
Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal. It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
|| Pope John Paul II
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
|| St. Augustine
The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.
|| Basil C. Hume
The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.
|| Henry Knox Sherrill
O the Easter bells are gladly ringing,
Let the whole world join the happy lay,
Let the hills and vales break forth in singing,
Christ, the Lord of Life, is ris'n today.
|| Lizzie Akers
On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.
|| Douglas Horton
Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.
|| Charles M. Crowe
Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.
|| Thomas Scott
See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices.
|| Charles Kingsley
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
|| Bishop Robert South
Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
|| S.D. Gordon
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right...
|| Phillips Brooks
I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
"At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!"
|| Edna Dean Proctor
The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.
|| Robert Flatt
The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years;
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amid the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
|| Joseph Addison
Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.
|| Albert Laighton
"Christ the Lord is risen to-day,"
Sons of men and angels say.
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
|| Charles Wesley
The resurrection asserts a truth which is by no means always written legibly for all men on the face of nature. It tells us that the spiritual is higher than the material; that in this universe spirit counts for more than matter.
|| H.P. Liddon
In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,
|| Martin Luther
For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
Alice Freeman Palmer
In every grave on earth's green sward is a tiny seed of the resurrection life of Jesus Christ, and that seed cannot perish. It will germinate when the warm south wind of Christ's return brings back the spring-tide to this cold sin-cursed earth of ours; and then they that are in their graves, and we who shall lie down in ours, will feel in our mortal bodies the power of His resurrection, and will come forth to life immortal.
The story of Easter is the story of God's wonderful window of divine surprise. Carl Knudsen
Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
Ye sleeping buds, break
Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.
Margaret French Patton
Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart's sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul -
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: "I will arise."
Richard Le Gallienne
'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter
That maketh the leaf and the flower come out.
Bertran de Born
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.