Year C Lectionary Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter
Revelation 5:(1-5), 6-14
The Collect of the Day
The First Lesson • Acts 9:1-19a
9 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened.
- Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; * it is fitting for the just to be thankful.
- Praise the Lord with the harp; * sing praises unto him with the ten-stringed lute.
- Sing unto him a new song; * make skillful melody and cry aloud with joy.
- For the word of the Lord is true, * and all his works are faithful.
- He loves righteousness and true judgment; * the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
- By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, * and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.
- He gathers the waters of the sea together, as in a heap, * and lays up the deep, as in a treasure house.
- Let all the earth fear the Lord; * stand in awe of him, all you that dwell in the world.
- For he spoke, and it was done; * he commanded and it stood fast.
- The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; * he makes the devices of the peoples to be of no effect, and casts out the counsels of princes.
- The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever, * and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.
The Second Lesson • Revelation 5:(1-5), 6-14
5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold,the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
The Gospel • John 21:1-14
Year C Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Good Shepherd Sunday and Mother’s Day
Revelation 5:(1-5), 6-14
The Collect of the Day
The First Lesson • Acts 13:14b-16, 26-39
- O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
- Be assured that the Lord, he is God; * it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; * be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
- For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, * and his truth endures from generation to generation.