(27 April 2014, 12 April 2015)
ALMIGHTY Father, who has given your only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ezekiel 37:1-10; Psalm 81:1-4; 1 John 5:4-12; John 20:19-23
Today is the eighth day of the Easter season, traditionally known as the end of the Easter “Octave.” As such, the focus today remains very close to Easter Day itself: examining the benefits of the resurrection of Christ for us. And they are many: the Collect notes the dual doctrines of justification and sanctification that flow from his death and resurrection, the Gospel speaks of the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the Old Testament prophesies of the giving of new life that we find in the Spirit. The Epistle and Psalm, respectively, then, point us to the dual application of knowing and celebrating this testimony from God.