Monday, April 5, 2021
Second Day of Zadeeg,
Remembrance of the Dead (Merelots)
 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know —
 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
 But God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
 For David says concerning him, `I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.
 For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades,
nor let thy Holy One see corruption.
 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.’
 “Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
 he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear.
 For David did not ascend into the heavens; but he himself says, `The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,
 till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet.’
 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
 And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
 For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.”
 And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.
 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
 but when they went in they did not find the body.
 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel;
 and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
 that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.”
 And they remembered his words,
 and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
 Now it was Mary Mag’dalene and Jo-an’na and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles;
 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
 And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.
 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?”
 And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; — it was very large.
 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed.
 And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.
 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.”
 And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.
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