God is with us in Word and Sacrament

Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil

  • Genesis 1:1–2:3
  • Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13
  • Exodus 14:10–15:1
  • Romans 6:3–11
  • Mark 16:1–8

In Adam all die.” For we are all participants in the sin of Adam, who rebelled against God in the garden and brought the curse of death into the world. But “in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). For He was faithful to His Father and destroyed death on the holy tree. Jesus, the Second Adam, now walks in the garden in the cool of the day and reveals Himself to the daughter of Eve (John 20:1–18). The risen Christ brings not the curse of death but the blessing of life, the resurrection of the body. He leads us through the baptismal sea to new life on the other side, conquering our mortal enemies in its depths (Ex. 14:10—15:1). In this way, our Lord Jesus wipes away the tears from all faces. For He has swallowed up death forever. Let us, therefore, be glad and rejoice in His salvation (Is. 25:6–9)!


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