Friday Readings: Preparation for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A : Easter 3.2)

Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 26:1-4

On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;
he sets up victory like walls and bulwarks.

Open the gates, so that the righteous nation
that keeps faith may enter in.

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace–
in peace because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord forever,
for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice
and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.


The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful ones.

O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 Peter 1:13-16

Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Isaiah 26:4 by Sapphire Dream Photography via Flickr. This image is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0-by-nc-nd.

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