Fifth Sunday of Easter
God of Easter Joy,
in these weeks after your resurrection,
I long to be in your protective care.
Give me the courage to allow you into my life
to let you love me - so I can remain in you..
As I pray with the image of the vine and the branch,
I know I want to hold tightly to you and grow in you.
With the guidance of your Holy Spirit,
give me the consolation of being fruitful
so I can spread the joy of your gospel
to all those around me.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.