The Fourth Sunday after Easter.
Benedictus Deus et Pater Domini nostri Iesu Christi
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, * who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, * that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, * according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, * wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, * the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us * in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, * according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times * he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
Both which are in heaven, * and which are on earth; even in him:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, *being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, * who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, * the gospel of your salvation:
In whom also after that ye believed, * ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, * unto the praise of his glory.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 39.21-29
Psalter: Psalm 126, 127, 128 | 129, 130, 131
Epistle Reading: James 1.17-21
Gospel Reading: St. John 16.5-15
Personal: Here’s a devotion I wrote recently “The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith” and it is primarily about Habakkuk 3.17-19a: http://mphilliber.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-righteous-shall-live-by-his-faith.html
Saint Phillip and Saint James - Apostles
O ALMIGHTY God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; Grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that, following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we may stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle Reading: James 1.1-12
Gospel Reading: John 14.1-14