Third Day of Easter (Zadeeg)
 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
 And all who believed were together and had all things in common;
 and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.
 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts,
 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful to ask alms of those who entered the temple.
 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms.
 And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John, and said, “Look at us.”
 And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something from them.
 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
 And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
 And all the people saw him walking and praising God,
 and recognized him as the one who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s, astounded.
 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
 The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
 and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
 And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
 “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
 and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
 whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
 Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened.
 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning
 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.”
 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further,
 but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.
 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”
 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them,
 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
 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.
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