NEW TESTAMENT READING Revelation 1:4-8
4 John, to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace and peace to
from the one who is and was and is coming,
and from the seven spirits that are before God’s throne,
5 and from Jesus Christ—
the faithful witness,
the firstborn from among the dead,
and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood,
6 who made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—
to him be glory and power forever and always. Amen.
7 Look, he is coming with the clouds!
Every eye will see him,
including those who pierced him,
and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him.
This is so.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,”
says the Lord God,
“the one who is and was and is coming, the Almighty.”