(20 April 2014, 5 April 2015)
ALMIGHTY God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech you, that as by your special grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Exodus 12:21-27; Psalm 111; Colossians 3:1-11; John 20:1-10
At last, the day of resurrection arrives, concluding the season of Lent and initiating the season of Easter. As the resurrection of Jesus is clearly set forth, complete with multiple witnesses in the Gospel reading, today’s celebration aptly applies the resurrection to all God’s people. The Epistle chimes in with the reminder that we have died with Christ and been raised with Christ, by virtue of our union with him in Baptism (in a similar way to how the Passover celebration described in the Old Testament reading united God’s people to the Old Covenant). The Epistle then goes on to direct us toward heavenly Christ-like lifestyles and attitudes, which is also the prayer of the Collect. The Psalm, thus, is an example to get us started focusing our attention on heavenly things by celebrating God for his works of provision, including our very redemption.