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The Resurrection of Our Lord

Easter Morning
April 16, 2017

 

 

On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. The Christian community goes forth from font and table with Christ’s mission to heal, liberate, and forgive in a broken and hurting world. In the fifty days of Easter rejoicing, the church asks the question: How does our baptism send us forth in joyful service to the world?.

 

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Prayer of the Day

O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

Readings:

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Colossians 3:1-4

John 20:1-18

 

 

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.)