SUNDAY OF EASTER
Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe
and the hope of those who doubt,
may we, who have not seen, have faith
and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
When they had brought the apostles, they had them stand
before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying,
"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet
here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are
determined to bring this man's blood on us." But Peter and
the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any
human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom
you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his
right hand as Leader and Saviour that he might give repentance to
Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these
things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad.
Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the
right hand of the Lord has triumphed! the right hand of the Lord
is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!" R
shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death.
for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer
thanks to the Lord.
is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter." R
will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my
same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief
is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. R
Lord, hosannah! Lord, send us now success.
is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the
house of the Lord.
is the Lord; he has shined upon us; form a procession with
branches up to the horns of the altar. R
are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt
you." Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy
endures for ever. R
READING FROM THE REVELATION TO JOHN
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you
and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from
the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus
Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the
ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us
from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests
serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever
and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will
see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the
tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. "I am
the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who
was and who is to come, the Almighty.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the
week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were
locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and
said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed
them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they
saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said
this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy
Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if
you retain the sins of any, they are retained." But Thomas
(who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them
when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have
seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the
mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of
the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." A
week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was
with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood
among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said
to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out
your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."
Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to
him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are
those who have not seen and yet have come to believe." Now
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which
are not written in this book. But these are written so that you
may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and
that through believing you may have life in his name.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of grace,
you have freed us from our sins
and made us a kingdom in your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Accept all we offer you this day,
and strengthen us in the new life you have given us,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
we have seen with our eyes
and touched with our hands
the bread of life.
Strengthen our faith
that we may grow in love for you and for each other;
through Jesus Christ the risen Lord.