(21 April 2014, 6 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.
Hosea 6:1-6; Pascha Nostrum*; Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:13-35
Continuing the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, the Gospel brings us to another pair of witnesses who encountered the risen Christ on the Road to Emmaus. During that encounter they were taught about how the Old Testament Scriptures prophesy concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection. This truth is repeated in the New Testament reading, an excerpt of St. Peter’s preaching. The Old Testament reading, thus, is an example of one such subtle prophecy, as it declares “on the third day he will restore us.” And not only is the unity of the Scriptures upheld through these teachings, but also the theme of salvation from Christ stands out.
* The Pascha Nostrum is comrpised of 1 Cor. 5:7-8 and Romans 6:9-11 and 1 Cor. 15:20-22…
Alleluia! Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,
not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia!
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia!
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!