FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.St. John, xx. 19. Peace be unto you. With this merciful salutation, did our Lord, on the first Sunday after His resurrection, address the first congregation assembled in His name. — A little flock it was, and surrounded by many-hungry wolves, in a world where all men were its enemies ; yet He, who knew all things, and in whose hand all things were, foretold to them, peace and dominion and security ; the gates of Hell, He had formerly said, should not prevail against His Church ; and now, in their greatest danger, He is at hand, to make good His promise* " At evening," saith the Scripture, " being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord."