Sunday, April 15, 2007

Quasimodogeniti Sunday

The second Sunday of Easter is also known as Quasimodogeniti Sunday. Quasimodogeniti being Latin for "Like newborn babes," it is the opening phrase of the Introit appointed for the church's worship today -- "Like newborn babes desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." (1 Peter 2:2-3)

The Gospel appointed for reading in the Divine Service of the Church on Quasimodogeniti Sunday is the 8th day Resurrection appearance of Jesus to His disciples, of which the following is a portion.

And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing."

And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Through these Means of Grace . . .
  • the Word of God
  • Baptism
  • the Lord's Supper

. . . God the Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and keeps us with Him in the one true faith.

Therefore, with Thomas we confess before God, each other and the world, . . .

"My Lord and my God!"

1 comment:

Craig said...

Great picture of Doubting Thomas with our Risen Lord.