Grace and peace to you, through Jesus, Who speaks peace to us in our fear,

The Risen Christ Breathes His Peace in the Holy Absolution

The crucified and risen Lord Jesus appeared to His apostles on the first Easter Sunday. He “came and stood among them,” and with His Word and the wounds in “his hands and his side,” He granted them His peace (John 20:19–20). He sent them as ministers of the Gospel in His name to bestow the life-giving Holy Spirit for us and for His whole Church through the forgiveness of sins (John 20:21–23). Through this apostolic ministry, He calls us to believe that He “is the Christ, the Son of God,” so that by such faith we “may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The apostles “have seen and heard” this divine life manifested in the flesh of Christ, and those who succeed them in this apostolic ministry now proclaim that same Absolution to us, so that we “too may have fellowship” with the risen Christ, with the apostles and “with one another” (1 John 1:1–7). The one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church lives by “their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,” and all who believe this Word are “of one heart and soul,” because in Him they truly have “everything in common” (Acts 4:32–33).

Here are the Propers for the Second Sunday of Easter

Order of Service: Matins p.219

Opening Hymn: 467 Awake My Heart With Gladness

The Introit (Additional Psalm)

Psalm 105:1-5, 8; antiphon 1 Peter 2:2-3 

    Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 

      Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;

        make known his deeds among the peoples! 

    [2] Sing to him, sing praises to him;

        tell of all his wondrous works! 

    [3] Glory in his holy name;

        let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 

    [4] Seek the Lord and his strength;

        seek his presence continually! 

    [5] Remember the wondrous works that he has done,

        his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, 

    He remembers his covenant forever,

        the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, 

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen  

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation— 

 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 

The First Reading:

Acts 4:32-35 

    Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. [33] And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. [34] There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold [35] and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 

The Epistle Reading: 

1 John 1:1-2:2

    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— [2] the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— [3] that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. [4] And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 

    [5] This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. [6] If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. [7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. [8] If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

    My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. [2] He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 

The Holy Gospel:

John 20:19-31 

    On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.” 

    [24] Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 

    [26] Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” [27] Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” [28] Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” [29] Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

    [30] Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; [31] but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 

Easter Responsory

The Hymn of the Day: 470 O Sons and Daughters of the King

Sermon (attached)

Te Deum

‘Offering’ Hymn (audio):  487 Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain 

The Prayers of the Church (attached)

The Collect     

 Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; 

through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

The Closing Hymn: 465 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

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  Almighty God, through the Resurrection of Your Son You have secured peace for our troubled consciences.

 Grant us this peace evermore that trusting in the merit of Your Son we may come at last to the perfect piece of heaven;

 through the same Jesus Christ, Hour son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever. 

The Lord bless you and keep you,