Saturday 17 April

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Almighty Father,
who hast given thine 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 alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of the same
thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

John 21.20–25
 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ So the rumour spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’

 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Psalm 63
    O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;
   my soul is athirst for you.
    My flesh also faints for you,
   as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
    So would I gaze upon you in your holy place,
   that I might behold your power and your glory.
    Your loving-kindness is better than life itself
   and so my lips shall praise you.
    I will bless you as long as I live
   and lift up my hands in your name.
    My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness,
   and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
    When I remember you upon my bed
   and meditate on you in the watches of the night.
    For you have been my helper
   and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.
    My soul clings to you;
   your right hand shall hold me fast.
      But those who seek my soul to destroy it
   shall go down to the depths of the earth;
      Let them fall by the edge of the sword
   and become a portion for jackals.
      But the king shall rejoice in God;
      all those who swear by him shall be glad,
   for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.