Reading I from the New Testament

during the Season of Easter

 

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1.

LONG FORM

                                        He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles                                                                                10:34-43

Peter proceeded to speak, saying:

    “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.

Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly

    is acceptable to him.

You know the word that he sent to the children of Israel

    as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,

    what has happened all over Judea,

    beginning in Galilee after the baptism

    that John preached,

    how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth

    with the Holy Spirit and power.

He went about doing good

    and healing all those oppressed by the Devil,

    for God was with him.

We are witnesses of all that he did

    both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.

This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,

    not to all the people, but to us,

    the witnesses chosen by God in advance,

    who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

He commissioned us to preach to the people

    and testify that he is the one appointed by God

    as judge of the living and the dead.

To him all the prophets bear witness,

    that everyone who believes in him

    will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”

The word of the Lord.


OR


SHORT FORM

He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles                                                                     10:34-36, 42-43


Peter proceeded to speak, saying:

    “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.

Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly

    is acceptable to him.

You know the word that he sent to the children of Israel

    as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

He commissioned us to preach to the people

    and testify that he is the one appointed by God

    as judge of the living and the dead.

To him all the prophets bear witness,

    that everyone who believes in him

    will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”


The word of the Lord


2.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

A reading from the Book of Revelation                                                                                      14:13


I, John, heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

“Yes,” said the Spirit,

    “let them find rest from their labors,

    for their works accompany them.”


The word of the Lord.


3.

The dead were judged according to their deeds.

A reading from the Book of Revelation                                                                              20:11-21:1


I, John, saw a large white throne and the one who was sitting on it.

    The earth and the sky fled from his presence

    and there was no place for them.

I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne,

    and scrolls were opened.

Then another scroll was opened, the book of life.

The dead were judged according to their deeds,

    by what was written in the scrolls.

The sea gave up its dead;

    then Death and Hades gave up their dead.

All the dead were judged according to their deeds.

Then Death and Hades were thrown into the pool of fire.

(This pool of fire is the second death.)

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life

    was thrown into the pool of fire.


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.

The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,

    and the sea was no more.


The word of the Lord.


4.

There shall be no more death.

A reading from the Book of Revelation                                                                          21:1-5a, 6b-7


I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.

    The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,

    and the sea was no more.

I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,

    coming down out of heaven from God,

    prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

    “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.

He will dwell with them and they will be his people

    and God himself will always be with them as their God.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes,

    and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,

    for the old order as passed away.”


The One who sat on the throne said,

    “Behold, I make all things new.”

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

    the beginning and the end.

To the thirsty I will give a gift

    from the spring of life-giving water.

The victor will inherit these gifts,

    and I shall be his God,

    and he will be my son.”


The word of the Lord.