Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Third Sunday after Easter

Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1308-11, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

The Collect

Almighty God, which showeth to all men that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness:  Grant unto all them that be admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion, that they may eschew those things that be contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as be agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Epistle [1 Pet. 2

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly  lusts which fight against the soul, and see that ye have honest conversation among the Gentiles, that whereas they backbite you as evildoers, they may see your good works, and praise God in the day of visitation.  Submit yourselves therefore to every man for the Lord's sake, whether it be unto the king as unto the chief head, either unto rulers, as unto them that are sent of him for the punishment of evildoers, but for the laud of them that do well.  For so is the will of God, that with well doing, ye may stop the mouths of foolish and ignorant men:  as free, and not as having the liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but even as the servants of God.  Honor all men.  Love brotherly fellowship.  Fear God.  Honor the king.

Follow this link to a sermon by Martin Luther   http://www.lectionarycentral.com/easter3/LutherEpistle.html

The Gospel [John 16

Jesus said to his disciples, After a while ye shall not see me, and again after a while ye shall see me, for I go to the Father.  Then said some of his disciples between themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, After a while ye shall not see me and again after a while ye shall see me, and that I go to the Father?  They said therefore, What is this that he saith, After a while?  We cannot tell what he saith.  Jesus perceived that they would ask him, and said unto them, Ye inquire of this between yourselves because I said, After a while ye shall not see me, and again after a while ye shall see me.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye shall weep and lament, but contrariwise the world shall rejoice.  Ye shall sorrow, but your sorrow shall be turned to joy.  A woman when she travaileth hath sorrow, because her hour is come.  But as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish for joy that a man is born into the world.  And ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy shall no man take from you.

follow the link to a sermon by Martin Luther   http://www.lectionarycentral.com/easter3/LutherGospel.html

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