DURING THE DAY
Lord of life and power,
through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
you have overcome the old order of sin and death
and have made all things new in him.
May we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
reign with him in glory,
who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
Then Peter began to
speak to the 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."
REFRAIN On this day the
Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad.
thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
Israel now proclaim, "His mercy endures for ever." R
Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
There 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
PSALM 118:1-2, 14-24
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Now I would remind you,
brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you,
which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which
also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I
proclaimed to you - unless you have come to believe in vain. For I
handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had
received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the
scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the
third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared
to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five
hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still
alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to
all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he
appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to
be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But
by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has
not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of
them - though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come
1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
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 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 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.
OVER THE GIFTS
God our strength and salvation,
receive all we offer you this day,
and grant that we who have confessed your name,
and received new life in baptism,
may live in the joy of the resurrection,
through Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of life,
bring us to the glory of the resurrection
promised in this Easter sacrament.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.