God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,
by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Easter
Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection and our participation in his life, a participation gifted in Baptism, and sustained by our sharing in the outpouring of the Spirit, and our sharing in the Eucharistic food and drink.
Sacraments work, in a certain sense, just by being performed. They make an objective difference to us. However their power to save is more effective the more we engage with them, drawing on their riches, cooperating with the grace. In the Easter season it is especially appropriate for us to know again the change that the Sacraments of Initiation make to us and others, and to seek to live from them.
Font and church, Magdala, Galilee. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.