Saturday 10 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.

John 11.17–44
 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’
 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’
 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

Psalm 116
    I love the Lord,
      for he has heard the voice of my supplication;
   because he inclined his ear to me
      on the day I called to him.
    The snares of death encompassed me;
      the pains of hell took hold of me;
   by grief and sorrow was I held.
    Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’
    Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
   our God is full of compassion.
    The Lord watches over the simple;
   I was brought very low and he saved me.
    Turn again to your rest, O my soul,
   for the Lord has been gracious to you.
    For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
    I will walk before the Lord
   in the land of the living.
    I believed that I should perish
      for I was sorely troubled;
   and I said in my alarm,
      ‘Everyone is a liar.’
      How shall I repay the Lord
   for all the benefits he has given to me?
      I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call upon the name of the Lord.
      I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people.
      Precious in the sight of the Lord
   is the death of his faithful servants.
      O Lord, I am your servant,
   your servant, the child of your handmaid;
      you have freed me from my bonds.
      I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
   and call upon the name of the Lord.
      I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people,
      In the courts of the house of the Lord,
   in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.