Easter Day 4 April

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.  Amen.

Luke 24.13–35
 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad.Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Psalm 105
    O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;
   make known his deeds among the peoples.
    Sing to him, sing praises,
   and tell of all his marvellous works.
    Rejoice in the praise of his holy name;
   let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
    Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his face continually.
    Remember the marvels he has done,
   his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
    O seed of Abraham his servant,
   O children of Jacob his chosen.
    He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth.
    He has always been mindful of his covenant,
   the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
    The covenant he made with Abraham,
   the oath that he swore to Isaac,
      Which he established as a statute for Jacob,
   an everlasting covenant for Israel,
      Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan
   to be the portion of your inheritance.’
      When they were but few in number,
   of little account, and sojourners in the land,
      Wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people,
      He suffered no one to do them wrong
   and rebuked even kings for their sake,
      Saying, ‘Touch not my anointed
   and do my prophets no harm.’
      Then he called down famine over the land
   and broke every staff of bread.
      But he had sent a man before them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
      They shackled his feet with fetters;
   his neck was ringed with iron.
      Until all he foretold came to pass,
   the word of the Lord tested him.
      The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of peoples set him free.
      He appointed him lord of his household
   and ruler of all he possessed,
      To instruct his princes as he willed
   and to teach his counsellors wisdom.
      Then Israel came into Egypt;
   Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
      And the Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful;
   he made them too many for their adversaries,
      Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people
   and dealt craftily with his servants.
      Then sent he Moses his servant
   and Aaron whom he had chosen.
      He showed his signs through their word
   and his wonders in the land of Ham.
      He sent darkness and it grew dark;
   yet they did not heed his words.
      He turned their waters into blood
   and slew all their fish.
      Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in their kings’ chambers.
      He spoke the word, and there came clouds of flies,
   swarms of gnats within all their borders.
      He gave them hailstones for rain
   and flames of lightning in their land.
      He blasted their vines and their fig trees
   and shattered trees across their country.
      He spoke the word, and the grasshoppers came
   and young locusts without number;
      They ate every plant in their land
   and devoured the fruit of their soil.
      He smote all the firstborn in their land,
   the first fruits of all their strength.
      Then he brought them out with silver and gold;
   there was not one among their tribes that stumbled.
      Egypt was glad at their departing,
   for a dread of them had fallen upon them.
      He spread out a cloud for a covering
   and a fire to light up the night.
      They asked and he brought them quails;
   he satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
      He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out
   and ran in the dry places like a river.
      For he remembered his holy word
   and Abraham, his servant.
      So he brought forth his people with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing.
      He gave them the lands of the nations
   and they took possession of the fruit of their toil,
      That they might keep his statutes
   and faithfully observe his laws.

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