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Easter Monday 

Epistle  •  Acts 10:37-43

Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.

[Let us hearken—as formerly did the neophytes, to the voice of St. Peter—His Holiness the Pope—with faith and devotion.]

In those days, Peter, standing in the midst of the people, said: Men, brethren, you know the word which hath been published through all Judea, for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things that He did in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; Whom they killed, hanging Him upon a tree.

Him God raised up the third day, and gave Him to be made manifest, not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God; even to us, who did eat and drink with Him, after He arose again from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He Who was appointed by God to be the judge of the living and of the dead. To Him all the Prophets give testimony, that by His Name all who believe in Him receive remission of sins.

Gospel  •  Luke 24:13-35

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke. 

[St. Luke tells of the appearance of the risen Lord Jesus Christ to the disciples at Emmaus. Their ardent love.]

At that time, two of the disciples of Jesus went that same day to a town which was sixty furlongs from Jerusalem, named Emmaus. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that while they talked and reasoned with themselves, Jesus Himself also, drawing near, went with them. But their eyes were held that they should not know Him. And He said to them: What are these discourses that you hold one with another as you walk, and why are you sad?

And the one of them whose name was Cleophas answering said to Him: Art Thou only a stranger in Jerusalem and hast not known the things that have been done there in these days? To whom He said: What things? And they said: Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a Prophet, mighty in work and word before God and all the people; and how our chief priests and princes delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.

But we hoped that it was He that should have redeemed Israel; and now, besides all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company affrighted us, who, before it was light, were at the sepulcher, and, not finding His Body, came, saying that they had also seen a vision of Angels, who say that He was alive. And some of our people went to the sepulcher, and found it so as the women had said, but Him they found not.

Then He said to them: O foolish, and slow of heart to believe in all things which the Prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into His glory? And, beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things that were concerning Him.

And they drew nigh to the town whither they were going; and He made as though He would go further. But they constrained Him, saying: Stay with us, because it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent. And He went in with them. And it came to pass, whilst He was at table with them, He took bread, and blessed, and broke, and gave to them: and their eyes were opened, and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight.

And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us whilst He spoke in the way, and opened to us the Scriptures? And rising up the same hour, they went back to Jerusalem, and they found the eleven gathered together, and those that were with them, saying: The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how they knew Him in the breaking of bread.