Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Win and I are back safely from our air travels. Thank you for the concern expressed: we felt well provided for physically and spiritually.
The Collect for Easter Sunday is
Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Collect makes clear what God has done, and what, in response to this, humans are called and empowered to do. The first part summarises the “overcoming” of death and the “opening unto us” of the gate of everlasting life” - through the “only-begotten Son Jesus Christ”. A second part refers to the “special grace preventing (going before) us” which by the power of that “overcoming” and “opening” re-orders our desires, and the last part the resulting ability through the “continual help” of God to put those good desires to effective work.
The Lord gave His absolute all to initiate the process and we are called to cooperate with Him all along the way.
It is our custom every Easter Day to sing the “Easter Anthems” in the place of the regular psalm. I recommend that, since all Sundays commemorate the Resurrection of Christ, Christians use the Easter Anthems as part of their personal prayer every Saturday evening:
passover is sacrificed for us:
therefore let us keep the feast;
Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness:
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. 5. 7.
being raised from the dead dieth no more:
death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once:
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin:
but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6. 9.
is risen from the dead:
and become the first-fruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death:
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die:
even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Cor. 15. 20.
For directions about the services this Sunday the 17th April 2022, Easter Sunday, please see the website www.TruthWithLanguage.com .
In faith in the holy Name of our Lord Jesus, who will continue to provide guidance by the Holy Spirit to all His people.