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Almighty God, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer

Photo: On the way to see Canon Lydia Lopez on her 80th birthday on Wednesday, I stopped at Lassen’s Natural Foods and grabbed her a potted flower of unknown variety, at least to this city boy. A nice guy in line told me it was a peace lily. In my office yesterday, the plant that’s been minding its own business for four years produced the identical blossom, albeit bigger. Christ is risen indeed!