Good and merciful God, you gather your Church in solemn celebration of the mystery of our redemption. Open our hearts and minds as we remember the dying and the rising of Jesus so that we may appreciate more deeply the mystery of our own baptism. May these days remind us that we are not alone in our suffering nor without hope. May the joy we share strengthen us to be witnesses of the gospel throughout the year. We ask this in your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.