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Fifth Sunday in Lent

April 2, 2017


Today’s gospel is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. With Martha and Mary we stand at the graves of our beloved dead and hear Jesus say, “I am the resurrection and the life.” To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, this story, along with that of the valley of dry bones, proclaims God’s promise of resurrection. But they are also words spoken next to the baptismal font, where we die to death and rise to life in Christ. In the power and presence of the risen Christ, Christians prepare to renew their baptismal promises and welcome new brothers and sisters at Easter.



Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings:

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130

Romans 8:6-11

John 11:1-45




 

Festivals and Commemorations this week:

(The Church remembers the faithful on the date they died rather than the date they were born. In this way, we celebrate their eternal life with us and with the Lord. A c before the date means about. That is, the exact date is not known.)