Holy Eucharist, Rite II
The Great 50 Days of Easter (a “week of weeks”) have been observed through most of the history of the Church. At the Council of Nicea (325AD), this period was marked as a time of special celebration, even to the point where the faithful were instructed to pray while standing, not kneeling.
Our Gospel lesson from John provides Jesus’ first appearance to the Disciples (as a group, but minus Thomas) after the Resurrection. He appears again a week later (today, if you will) when Thomas is present, which occasions Thomas’ profession of faith, “My Lord and my God!”
Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter Year C
Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150