In the historical church calendar (also called the liturgical calendar) Easter is not limited to a single Sunday, but it is a joyful season extending from Resurrection Sunday all the way to Pentecost. Celebrating the 40 days that our resurrected Savior opened the scriptures to His apostles before His Ascension, as well as the following days leading up to the promised arrival of His Holy Spirit.
May you continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Risen Lord throughout the entire Easter Season, growing closer to Him through the reading of His Word.
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles
• Acts 2:14, 22-32 •
A Reading from the Psalms
• Psalm 16 •
A Reading from the Epistles
• 1 Peter 1:3-9 •
A Reading from the Gospels
• John 20:19-31 •
Holy God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection, teaching them to love all people as neighbors. As his disciples in this age, we offer our prayers on behalf of the world in which we are privileged to live and our neighbors with whom we share it. Open our hearts to the redemptive power of your Holy Spirit that moves both among us and within us, until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy.
O God of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we receive the legacy of a living hope, born again not only from his death, but also from his resurrection. May we who have received forgiveness of sins through the Holy Spirit live to set others free, until, at length, we enter the inheritance that is imperishable and unfading, where Christ lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit. Amen.