April 21, 2019
O God, who for our redemption gave
your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from
the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to
sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy
of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son
our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God, who made this most holy night
to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection:
Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which
is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed
both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity
and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten
Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the
gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate
with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be
raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other
Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows
no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears
him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
You know the message he sent to the people of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all.
That message spread throughout Judea, beginning
in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that
he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put
him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised
him on the third day and allowed him to appear,
not to all the people but to us who were chosen
by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with
him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us
to preach to the people and to testify that he is
the one ordained by God as judge of the living and
the dead. All the prophets testify about him that
everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness
of sins through his name."
I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be
heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years
will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered
They shall build houses and inhabit
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the
days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labor in vain,
or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed
by the Lord--
and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent-- its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.
If for this life only we have hoped
in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have died. For since
death came through a human being, the resurrection
of the dead has also come through a human being; for
as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.
But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits,
then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then
comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God
the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and
every authority and power. For he must reign until
he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last
enemy to be destroyed is death.
Early on the first day of the week,
while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the
tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from
the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the
other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said
to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the
tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."
Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went
toward the tomb. The two were running together, but
the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb
first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings
lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter
came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw
the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that
had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen
wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then
the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also
went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they
did not understand the scripture, that he must rise
from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their
But Mary stood weeping outside the
tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the
tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where
the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head
and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman,
why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They
have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they
have laid him." When she had said this, she turned
around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not
know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman,
why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?"
Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him,
"Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where
you have laid him, and I will take him away."
Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and
said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which
means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold
on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and say to them, `I am ascending
to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
"I have seen the Lord"; and she told them
that he had said these things to her.
On the first day of the week, at
early dawn, the women who had come with Jesus from
Galilee came to the tomb, taking the spices that they
had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from
the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find
the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly
two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The
women were terrified and bowed their faces to the
ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you
look for the living among the dead? He is not here,
but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he
was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be
handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the
third day rise again." Then they remembered his
words, and returning from the tomb, they told all
this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was
Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James,
and the other women with them who told this to the
apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale,
and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and
ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the
linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed
at what had happened.