After anguished moments in the garden have been spent,
After “take this bread and eat, take this wine and drink,”
After betrayal with a kiss,
After hands washed and 39 lashes,
After seven last words and “he breathed his last,”
After crucifixion and death,
After laying the body in the tomb,
After rolling away the stone,
Now let us rise!
Now let us awaken to a new dawn, a new day!
Let us remake the world with the hope of Easter!
Let us set free the prisoners,
House the homeless,
Educate the children,
Offer gainful work to all who are willing and able to work,
Protect soil, water, air, and food,
Now may we awaken and stay woke!
Now may we rise and stay risen!
Now may we rise, and stay rose!
Amen and blessed be.