Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered or come to
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, 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 accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them; 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.
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast
love endures forever!
Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures
The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my
There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the
righteous: "The right hand of the LORD does
the right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of
the LORD does valiantly."
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds
of the LORD.
The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not give
me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter
through them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my
The stone that the builders rejected has become the
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice
and be glad in it.
Then Peter began to speak to them: "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
We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in
Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a
but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to
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
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
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 homes.
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
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
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.