Friday 9 April

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Luke 8.41-56
Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying.
As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her haemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’
 While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.’ When Jesus heard this, he replied, ‘Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.’ When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, ‘Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called out, ‘Child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.

Psalm 149
      O sing to the Lord a new song;
   sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
    Let Israel rejoice in their maker;
   let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.
    Let them praise his name in the dance;
   let them sing praise to him with timbrel and lyre.
    For the Lord has pleasure in his people
   and adorns the poor with salvation.
    Let the faithful be joyful in glory;
   let them rejoice in their ranks,
    With the praises of God in their mouths
   and a two-edged sword in their hands;
    To execute vengeance on the nations
   and punishment on the peoples;
    To bind their kings in chains
   and their nobles with fetters of iron;
    To execute on them the judgement decreed:
   such honour have all his faithful servants.