Wednesday 14 April

Collect
Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

John 20.19–31
 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Psalm 30
    I will exalt you, O Lord,
      because you have raised me up
   and have not let my foes triumph over me.
    O Lord my God, I cried out to you
   and you have healed me.
    You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;
   you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.
    Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;
   give thanks to his holy name.
    For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,
      his favour for a lifetime.
   Heaviness may endure for a night,
      but joy comes in the morning.
    In my prosperity I said,
      ‘I shall never be moved.
   You, Lord, of your goodness,
      have made my hill so strong.’
    Then you hid your face from me
   and I was utterly dismayed.
    To you, O Lord, I cried;
   to the Lord I made my supplication:
    ‘What profit is there in my blood,
      if I go down to the Pit?
   Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
      ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;
   O Lord, be my helper.’
      You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;
      Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
   O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.