24 elders

Saturday: Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Daniel* 7:27

“The kingship and dominion
 and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
 shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High;
their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
 and all dominions shall serve and obey them.”

*In Jewish Bibles, Daniel is grouped with The Writings. In Christian Bibles, Daniel is grouped with the prophets.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
 praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
 praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;
 praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
 and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
 for he commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever;
 he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth
 you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
 stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
 fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
 creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
 princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
 old and young together!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
 for his name alone is exalted;
 his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
 praise for all his faithful,
 for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

New Testament Lesson: Revelation 11:16-19

Revelation 11.jpg

Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, singing,

“We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
 who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
 and begun to reign.
The nations raged,
 but your wrath has come,
 and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants, the prophets
 and saints and all who fear your name,
 both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Year C Easter 5 Saturday

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

Unless otherwise indicated, Bible text is from Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 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.

Image credit: Four and Twenty Elders By Henry John Stock (1853 - 1930), via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

Print Friendly and PDF