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Friday within the Octave of Easter

Epistle  •  1 Peter 3:18-22

Lesson from the Epistle of the Blessed Apostle Peter.

[The covenants in the Old Testament are a figure of the new covenant under which the neophytes were brought through the baptismal font unto the adoption of children of God.]

Dearly beloved, Christ died once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit. In which also coming, He preached to those spirits that were in prison, which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was building, wherein a few, that is eight souls, were saved by water. Whereunto Baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also, not in putting away the filth of the flesh, but by the pledge of a good conscience towards God, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who is on the right hand of God.

Gospel  •  Matthew 28:16-20

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. 

[Mission of the Apostles, witnesses of the Resurrection.]

At that time the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And seeing Him they adored Him; but some doubted. And Jesus coming spoke to them, saying: All power is given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Going, therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.