The Angel Proclaiming to the Myrrhbearing Women

“I Sought the Lord” (Psalm 34:5-7)

Easter Resurrection Day

Watchword for the week — But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 1 Corinthians 15:20

Sunday, April 4 — Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8

The Lord said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Bless, O Lord, this congregation,

gather us within your fold;

may we walk in love before you

as your saints in days of old.

Grant your peace to rest upon us;

let our prayers to you be heard;

speak salvation to our spirits

as you promised in your word (442)

Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19

God sent his Son, they called him Jesus,

he came to love, heal, and forgive;

he lived and died to buy my pardon,

an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. (706)

Risen Lord, we celebrate your resurrection and claim your transcending love. Thank you for your living and loving presence in our lives. Help us to realize the joy and comfort of living for you. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)

Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 118 read by Max McLean in the KJV

Psalm 118

Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.

11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.

12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.

13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:

20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Art Study for the Week

The Angel proclaiming to the Myrrhbearing Women. Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy (6th Century). Public domain images.

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to His sepulcher, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to anoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called Myrrh-bearers.

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “And Can It Be, That I Should Gain?”
(Original Lyrics) Author: Charles Wesley (1738)

1 And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

2 ‘Tis mystery all! Th’Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more. [Refrain]

3 He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me. [Refrain]

4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee. [Refrain]

5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own. [Refrain]


Closing Prayer

The Benediction of the Cohanim (The Priestly Blessing)

A prayer over God’s children; “His People”:

O may our supplication be as grateful unto thee as burnt-offering and sacrifice. O All-compassionate! in thine abundant mercy restore thy divine glory unto Zion, and the order of service unto Jerusalem. And let our eyes behold when thou returnest unto Zion in compassion, where we will worship thee in reverence as in the days of yore, and earlier years. Blessed art thou, O Eternal! whom we alone in reverence serve.

Our God and God of our fathers! bless us with the benediction thrice mentioned in the Law, that was written by the hand of Moses, they servant, and uttered by the mouths of Aaron and his sons, the priests, thy holy people as ’tis said:

Blessed art thou,—the Eternal, our God, King of the Universe, who hath hallowed us with the holiness of Aaron, and commanded us in love to bless his people Israel.

The Eternal shall bless thee from Zion, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Eternal, our Lord! how mighty is thy name throughout the earth!

Preserve me, O God! for in thee I trust.

God be gracious unto us, and bless us. O may he cause his countenance to shine upon us, Selah!

The Eternal, the Eternal, is a God compassionate and gracious, long-suffering and abounding in kindness and truth.

O turn thy face unto me and be gracious unto me, for I am solitary and afflicted.

Unto thee, O Eternal! do I lift up my soul.

Lo! as the eyes of servants unto the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid unto the hand of her mistress, even so are our eyes (directed) unto the Eternal, our God, until he be gracious unto us.

May he receive a blessing from the Eternal, and just recompense from the God of his salvation; and find grace and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

O Eternal! be gracious unto us, unto thee we hope. Be their aid every morning, and our salvation in the time of trouble.

O do not hide thy face from me, in the day when I am troubled, do thou incline thy ear unto me; on the day when I invoke thee, do thou quickly answer me.

Unto thee do I lift up mine eyes, O thou who dwellest in the heavens!

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

Unto thee, O Eternal! is greatness and might, glory, victory, and majesty; for over all that is in heaven and on earth is the sovereignty thine, and thou art the exalted head of all.

Peace! peace to him that is afar and to him that is near, with the Eternal; and I will heal him.

Siddur Avodat Israel (p. 409-411)