Psalm 33:18-22; Acts 2:36-41; John 20:11-18
In 1865, this day, April 14, was Good Friday. President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was just five days after the surrender of the Civil War’s Confederate leader, General Robert E. Lee. Lincoln died the following morning.
So often, it seems like we are living in the interplay between Good Friday and Easter with so much of life filled with the waiting of Saturday. Hear these words of how Christ’s death provides our life as written by Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-395):
Here’s the sacred issue: He came so close
to our decay, so close as to mix our nature
newly with His own, and thus provide
to our poor clay His endless resurrection.
The following is a collect for Tuesday in Easter week from The Book of Common Prayer:
who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light:
Grant that we, who have been raised with him,
may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.