The second Sunday after Easter.
God, Who in mercy didst devise and by Thy power bring in
an everlasting sacrifice for man’s most deadly sin,
didst give Thy Son, Thy very own, (blest offering most pure),
Who only could for sin atone, and Thy just wrath endure:
Didst give Thy Son, ensample bright of pure and holy life,
that we may learn to walk aright, maintaining sacred strife
with all our spiritual foes, without, within, around,
by Him regenerate life disclose, In Him with grace abound:
Give us, Almighty God, a heart with thankful awe to scan
the love Thou dost to us impart, unspeakable to man.
O grant us also, day by day, Our Savior’s steps to trace,
and follow onwards in the way to reach His dwellingplace.
Through Him Who doth for sin atone, Who our Example lives;
on Whom our hope is based alone, Who grace and pardon gives:
only in Him we stand secure from sin, and death, and hell,
by Jesu, washed, redeemed, made pure; what tongue His love can tell!
|Text||attr. Eliza Humphreys|
Christopher Upton (b. 1979), CC-BY-NA-SA
Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life; give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.