April 1st, 2018

Easter


Explanation of the Week

"In Adam all die." For we are all participants in the sin of Adam, who rebelled against God in the Garden and brought the curse of death into the world. But "in Christ all shall be made alive." (1 Cor 15:1-26) For He was faithful to His Father and destroyed death on the holy tree. Jesus, the Second Adam, now walks in the Garden in the cool of the day and reveals Himself to the daughter of Eve. (Jn 20:1-18) The risen Christ brings not the curse of death but the blessing of life, the resurrection of the body. He leads us through the baptismal sea to new life on the other side, conquering our mortal enemies in its depths. (Ex 14:10Ñ15:1) In this way our Lord Jesus wipes away the tears from all faces. For He has swallowed up death forever. Let us therefore be glad and rejoice in His salvation! (Is 25:6-9)

Introit

Antiphon:
When I awake, I am still with You. Alle- | luia!*
     You have laid Your hand upon me. Alle- | luia!
Such knowledge is too wonder- | ful for me;*
     it is high, I cannot attain it. Alleluia! Alle- | luia! (Psalm 139:18, 5-6)

Psalm:
O LORD, You have searched me and | known me.*
     You know my sitting down and my | rising up.
You comprehend my path and my | lying down,*
     and are acquainted with | all my ways.
If I ascend into heaven, | You are there;*
     if I make my bed in hell, behold, | You are there.
Even there Your hand shall | lead me,*
     and Your right hand shall | hold me. (Psalm 139:1-2,8,10)

Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before You in righteousness and purity forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

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 Thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by Thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who celebrate Thy Paschal Feast, kindled with heavenly desires, may ever thirst for the Fountain of Life, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who celebrate the solemnities of the Lord's resurrection may by the renewal of thy Holy Spirit rise again from the death of the soul; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Deus, qui hodierna die per unigenitum tuum aeternitatis nobis aditum devicta morte reserasti: vota nostra, quae praeveniendo aspiras, etiam adiuvando prosequere. Per eundem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Job 19:23-27


 23 “Oh, that my words were written!
      Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!

 24 That they were engraved on a rock
      With an iron pen and lead, forever!

 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
      And He shall stand at last on the earth;

 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
      That in my flesh I shall see God,

 27 Whom I shall see for myself,
      And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
      How my heart yearns within me!



Old Testament: Isaiah 52:13-15


The Sin-Bearing Servant

    13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
      He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
       14 Just as many were astonished at you,
      So His visage was marred more than any man,
      And His form more than the sons of men;
       15 So shall He sprinkle[a] many nations.
      Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;
      For what had not been told them they shall see,
      And what they had not heard they shall consider.

Footnotes:Isaiah 52:15 Or startle


Gradual

This is the day the | LORD has made;*
     we will rejoice and be | glad in it.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for | He is good!*
     For His mercy endures for- | ever. (Psalm 118:24,1)

Epistle: 1 Cor. 5:6-8


6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.[a] 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Footnotes:1 Corinthians 5:7 NU-Text omits for us.


Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Christ, our Passover, was sacri- | ficed for us.
     Let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alle- | luia. (1 Corinthians 5:6–7)

Gospel: Mark 16:1-8


He Is Risen

 1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” 8 So they went out quickly[a] and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Footnotes:Mark 16:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit quickly.


Offertory

The earth feared and was still, When God arose to judgment, Alleluia. (Psalm 76)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 2; Ps. 57; Ps. 111


The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom

 1 Why do the nations rage,
         And the people plot a vain thing?
 2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
         And the rulers take counsel together,
         Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
 3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
         And cast away Their cords from us.”
         
 4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
         The Lord shall hold them in derision.
 5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
         And distress them in His deep displeasure:
 6 “Yet I have set My King
         On My holy hill of Zion.”
         
 7 “I will declare the decree:
         The LORD has said to Me,
         ‘You are My Son,
         Today I have begotten You.
 8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
         The nations for Your inheritance,
         And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
 9 You shall break[a] them with a rod of iron;
         You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
         
 10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
         Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
 11 Serve the LORD with fear,
         And rejoice with trembling.
 12 Kiss the Son,[b] lest He[c] be angry,
         And you perish in the way,
         When His wrath is kindled but a little.
         Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Footnotes:Psalm 2:9 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read rule (compare Revelation 2:27). Psalm 2:12 Septuagint and Vulgate read Embrace discipline; Targum reads Receive instruction. Psalm 2:12 Septuagint reads the Lord.




–To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[a] A Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.

 1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
         For my soul trusts in You;
         And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
         Until these calamities have passed by.
         
 2 I will cry out to God Most High,
         To God who performs all things for me.
 3 He shall send from heaven and save me;
         He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.  Selah  
         God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
         
 4 My soul is among lions;
         I lie among the sons of men
         Who are set on fire,
         Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
         And their tongue a sharp sword.
 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
         Let Your glory be above all the earth.
         
 6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
         My soul is bowed down;
         They have dug a pit before me;
         Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen.  Selah  
         
 7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
         I will sing and give praise.
 8 Awake, my glory!
         Awake, lute and harp!
         I will awaken the dawn.
         
 9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
         I will sing to You among the nations.
 10 For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
         And Your truth unto the clouds.
         
 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
         Let Your glory be above all the earth.

Footnotes:Psalm 57:1 Hebrew Al Tashcheth




Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice

 1 Praise the LORD!
         
         I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
         In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
         
 2 The works of the LORD are great,
         Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
 3 His work is honorable and glorious,
         And His righteousness endures forever.
 4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
         The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
 5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
         He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
 6 He has declared to His people the power of His works,
         In giving them the heritage of the nations.
         
 7 The works of His hands are verity and justice;
         All His precepts are sure.
 8 They stand fast forever and ever,
         And are done in truth and uprightness.
 9 He has sent redemption to His people;
         He has commanded His covenant forever:
         Holy and awesome is His name.
         
 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
         A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
         His praise endures forever.



First Reading: Ex. 14:10-31


10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” 15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” 19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. 25 And He took off[a] their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” 27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. 29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.

Footnotes:Exodus 14:25 Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, and Syriac read bound.


Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 113; Ps. 114; Ps. 118


The Majesty and Condescension of God

 1 Praise the LORD!
         
         Praise, O servants of the LORD,
         Praise the name of the LORD!
 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD
         From this time forth and forevermore!
 3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
         The LORD’s name is to be praised.
         
 4 The LORD is high above all nations,
         His glory above the heavens.
 5 Who is like the LORD our God,
         Who dwells on high,
 6 Who humbles Himself to behold
         The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
         
 7 He raises the poor out of the dust,
         And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
 8 That He may seat him with princes—
         With the princes of His people.
 9 He grants the barren woman a home,
         Like a joyful mother of children.
         
         Praise the LORD!





The Power of God in His Deliverance of Israel

 1 When Israel went out of Egypt,
         The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
 2 Judah became His sanctuary,
         And Israel His dominion.
         
 3 The sea saw it and fled;
         Jordan turned back.
 4 The mountains skipped like rams,
         The little hills like lambs.
 5 What ails you, O sea, that you fled?
         O Jordan, that you turned back?
 6 O mountains, that you skipped like rams?
         O little hills, like lambs?
         
 7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
         At the presence of the God of Jacob,
 8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water,
         The flint into a fountain of waters.





Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

 1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
         For His mercy endures forever.
         
 2 Let Israel now say,
         “His mercy endures forever.”
 3 Let the house of Aaron now say,
         “His mercy endures forever.”
 4 Let those who fear the LORD now say,
         “His mercy endures forever.”
         
 5 I called on the LORD in distress;
         The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
 6 The LORD is on my side;
         I will not fear.
         What can man do to me?
 7 The LORD is for me among those who help me;
         Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
 8 It is better to trust in the LORD
         Than to put confidence in man.
 9 It is better to trust in the LORD
         Than to put confidence in princes.
         
 10 All nations surrounded me,
         But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
 11 They surrounded me,
         Yes, they surrounded me;
         But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
 12 They surrounded me like bees;
         They were quenched like a fire of thorns;
         For in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
 13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
         But the LORD helped me.
 14 The LORD is my strength and song,
         And He has become my salvation.[a]
         
 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation
         Is in the tents of the righteous;
         The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
         The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
 17 I shall not die, but live,
         And declare the works of the LORD.
 18 The LORD has chastened me severely,
         But He has not given me over to death.
         
 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
         I will go through them,
         And I will praise the LORD.
 20 This is the gate of the LORD,
         Through which the righteous shall enter.
         
 21 I will praise You,
         For You have answered me,
         And have become my salvation.
         
 22 The stone which the builders rejected
         Has become the chief cornerstone.
 23 This was the LORD’s doing;
         It is marvelous in our eyes.
 24 This is the day the LORD has made;
         We will rejoice and be glad in it.
         
 25 Save now, I pray, O LORD;
         O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
         We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
 27 God is the LORD,
         And He has given us light;
         Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
 28 You are my God, and I will praise You;
         You are my God, I will exalt You.
         
 29 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
         For His mercy endures forever.

Footnotes:Psalm 118:14 Compare Exodus 15:2


Second Reading: Heb. 7:23-8:13


23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. 26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who isholy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

The New Priestly Service
 1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. 4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; 5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a] 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
A New Covenant
    7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds[b] I will remember no more.”[c] 13 In that He says, “A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Footnotes:Hebrews 8:5 Exodus 25:40 Hebrews 8:12 NU-Text omits and their lawless deeds. Hebrews 8:12 Jeremiah 31:31–34


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