Why no confession in Easter?

The Rev. Jim Richardson, Priest-in-Charge

During the Easter season, the Confession disappears from our liturgy. This does not mean we have nothing to confess, but it signifies that in Easter the burdens of our sins are lifted. Lent is over. The Risen Christ is among us bringing healing, wholeness and the salvation that comes from God alone.

At our 8 a.m. worship service, we typically use the “Prayer of Humble Access” which is another form of confession. That prayer also goes away in the Easter season.

Easter is a celebration of Resurrection. Winter and death has passed away. New life surrounds us. Beginning each day with prayerful gratitude for the newness of the day is a wonderful practice – especially in Easter!

The Book of Common Prayer (p. 83) recommends praying the Pascha nostrum each morning in the Easter season. It begins:

“Alleluia. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia!”

-Pastor Jim