The Second Sunday after Easter

Color: White; Intent: Divine Grace


Thou art He to whom we pray, Father of all fatherhood, and God of every god, and Lord of every lord; Thee we implore to give order to our being, to our thoughts, feelings and actions. O Monarch and sole Changeless One, grant us Thy grace and power that we may come to know Thee, that we may know that Thou art our Redeemer. Amen.


The Lesson is taken from the Gnosis of the Invisible God:
These mysteries that I shall give you, guard them, do not give them to any man unless worthy of them; do not give them to father or mother, to brother or sister or relative. Guard them; do not give them to anyone at all for the sake of the goods of the whole world. Do not speak to anyone of these mysteries of the Treasury of the Light, save to those who shall be worthy of them, having left the whole world and all its affairs, being in no faith other than the Faith of the Light, listening to one another and treating one another as Sons of the Light.


The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
The same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them: Peace be unto you. And when He had so said, He showed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again: Peace be unto you; as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Homilies for the Second Sunday after Easter by Bishop Stephan Hoeller