Epistle: Revelation 1:4-18 – 2nd Sunday in Easter

Greeting to the Seven Churches: John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to
you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven
spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn
of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a
kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who
pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and
who is to come, the Almighty.”

Vision of the Son of Man: I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the
kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on
account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s
day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a
book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and
to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven
golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with
a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white,
like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished
bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right
hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face
was like the sun shining in full strength.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me,
saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am
alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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