Saturday, April 3, 2010

Resurrection

Tintoretto, The Resurrection of Christ, 1579-81, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Christ rising again from the dead, now dieth not. Death from henceforth hath no power upon him. For in that he died but once to put away sin: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. And so likewise, count yourselves dead unto sin, but living unto God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Christ is risen again the first fruits of them that sleep: for seeing that by man came death, by man also cometh the resurrection of the dead. for as by Adam all men doe die, so by Christ, all men shall be restored to life.

The Collect

Almighty God which through thy only begotten Son Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us, thou dost put in our minds good desires, so by thy continual help, we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth, etc.

The Epistle [Col. 3

If ye be risen again with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on heavenly things, and not on earthly things. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Whensoever Christ (which is our life) shall show himself, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your earthly members, fornication, uncleanness, unnatural lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is worshiping of idols, for which things' sake, the wrath of God useth to come on the children of unbelief, among whom ye walked sometime when ye lived in them.

The Gospel [John 20

The first day of the Sabbaths, came Mary Magdalene early (when it was yet dark) unto the sepulcher, and saw the stone taken away from the grave. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the grave, and we cannot tell where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came unto the sepulcher. They ran both together and that other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. And when he had stooped down, he saw the linen clothes lying, yet went he not in. Then came Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and saw the linen clothes lie, and the napkin that was about his head not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not the Scripture that he should rise again from death. Then the disciples went away again to their own home.

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