Thursday 8 April

God of Life,
who for our redemption gave your only–begotten Son
   to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Luke 7.11–17
Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, rise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has looked favourably on his people!’ This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Psalm 114
    When Israel came out of Egypt, 
   the house of Jacob from a people of a strange tongue,
    Judah became his sanctuary, 
   Israel his dominion.
    The sea saw that, and fled; 
   Jordan was driven back.
    The mountains skipped like rams, 
   the little hills like young sheep.
    What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? 
   O Jordan, that you were driven back?
    You mountains, that you skipped like rams, 
   you little hills like young sheep?
    Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, 
   at the presence of the God of Jacob,
    Who turns the hard rock into a pool of water, 
   the flint-stone into a springing well.