Each year, Easter’s Second Sunday finds us in the “upper room” on the evening of the “first day of the week” of the great Resurrection Day (John 20:19-31). A different sort of “fear” captured the attention of the apostles. On the previous Thursday evening, with feet washed clean by the Lord Jesus, they were strengthened by that first Eucharist in preparation for His Passion and Resurrection. On the “third day” feelings that had turned to fear, doubt, and uncertainty were replaced by a conviction of faith. Like the remaining ten … and Thomas …. We, too, cry out, “We have seen the Lord!” and “My Lord and my God!”
And so, in the “upper room,” we gather to celebrate at a Eucharistic Banquet. We sing hymns of praise remembering the night of deliverance when the Lamb of God ransomed us from our sins and became for us the food of eternal life:
The Lamb’s high banquet we await,
In snow-white robes of royal state:
And now, the Red Sea’s channel past,
To Christ our prince we sing at last.
Upon the altar of the cross
His Body hath redeemed our loss:
And tasting of his roseate Blood,
Our life is hid with Him in God.
That paschal eve God’s arm was bared,
The devastating angel spared:
By strength of hand our hosts went free
From Pharaoh’s ruthless tyranny.
Now Christ, our Paschal Lamb, is slain,
The Lamb of God who has no stain,
The true oblation offered here,
Our own unleavened bread sincere.
O thou from whom hell’s monarch flies,
O great, O very sacrifice,
Thy captive people are set free,
And endless life restored to thee.
For Christ, arising from the dead,
From conquered hell victorious sped:
And thrust the tyrant down to chains,
And paradise for us regains!
Happy Easter! May the Eucharist sustain us in our need and nourish us for His purpose!