The Liturgy Letter - The Sixth Sunday after Easter

Notable Feast Days this Week:
Holy Week and Pascha (Eastern Calendar)

Liturgical Color - White (Easter)

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 
John 14:23-29


The Sixth Sunday of Eastertide
May 1, 2016
Year C

Themes: As we follow the early Christians' example, such as that of Lydia (Acts 16:9-15), we praise God and ask for His blessings (Psalm 67), the presence of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:23-29) and his healing from our sickness of sin (Jn 5:1-9). We anticipate living in the light of His presence forever (Rev 21:10, 22-22:5). Let everyone praise Him and wait in the light of His resurrection.

 –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

It's Holy Week in the Eastern Calendar! The drama of this week culminates in the Great Saturday Vigil (April 30) and Holy Pascha (May 1). The services that accompany these days are among the most enriching and dramatic Christian celebrations in all of Christendom. Let the the Paschal Troparion reverberate throughout the earth!
Christ is risen!

Read about the dating of Orthodox Easter here.
Read the Easter sermon of St. John Chrysostom here.
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
   may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy..."

Psalm 67 Spotify Playlist
Congregational Hymns: Recordings + Leadsheets
Commentary on John 14:23-29
The proof of love is its manifestation in deeds. This is why John says in his letter, “He who says, ‘I love God’ and does not observe his commandments is a liar.”

-Gregory the Great
Practicing Prayer
Form for Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Form for Daily Prayer (View and Download)
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go (Listen and Download))
"Songs for the Season" Eastertide Music for Listening
Easter hope is ripe with new possibilities and practices...illuminated bodies, burning hearts, and broken bread. Theses weeks of Eastertide highlight the joy, mystery, and power of the resurrected Christ and the promise of New Creation. Wonder and surprise mark the disciples experience during these days before Christ's ascension.
Easter Songs 
Spotify Playlist
This newly created album from Park Church in Denver highlights the Book of Revelation. It is a modern musical meditation on the victory of the Lamb and the destiny of His followers...perfect for accompanying the Eastertide New Testament lectionary readings. 
Scroll down on the linked page to download as MP3 or WAV file. Also, check out another EP by Park Church devoted to Psalm 32.
"The Apocalypse of John"
by Park Church (Denver)
"Psalm 32"
by Park Church (Denver)
Thematic Art
Wallpaper for Eastertide

Easter Banner in Chapel at Mercy San Juan (Carmichael, CA)
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