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August 14, 2018

Sunday Readings: ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps. 27:7.9 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Saviour!   COLLECT O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING   2Samuel 12:7-10. 13 A reading from the second Book of Samuel 12:7-10. 13 Theme: “The Lord also has…

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Sunday Readings: PENTECOST SUNDAY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON WIS 1:7 The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia   COLLECT O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:…

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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. IS 48:20 Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: the Lord has freed his people, alleluia. COLLECT Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. Through our Lord. FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2.22-29 Theme: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden…

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Sunday Readings: TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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  Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 86:3.5 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O  Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.   Collect God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy 4:1-2. 6-8. Theme: “You…

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Sunday Readings: PENTECOST SUNDAY YEAR B

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON WIS. 1:7 The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia.     COLLECT O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers, Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the…

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Sunday Readings: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 27:7-9 O LORD, hear my voice, for I have called to you; of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face; hide not your face from me, alleluia.   COLLECT Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the Saviour of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us, Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17. 20c-26 Theme: One of the men who…

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Like new born infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.   COLLECT God of everlasting mercy, who, in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindly the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed.  Through our Lord……   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles …

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT 22/03/2015

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Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.   COLLECT By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 31:31-34 Theme: “I will make a new covenant…and I will remember their sin no more.” Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when…

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Sunday Readings: SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON     Ps 31:3-4 Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guild me, for the sake of your name.   COLLECT O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Theme: “The leper shall dwell alone in a habitation outside the camp.” The Lord said to…

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Sunday Readings: FIFTH Sunday in Ordinary Time; Year B

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Entrance Antiphon Ps 95:6-7 O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God. Collect Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Job 7:1-4. 6-7 Theme: “I am full of tossing till the dawn.” Job spoke, saying: “Has not man a hard service upon earth, and are not his days like the days of a hireling? Like…

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Sunday Readings: TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ‘A’

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON PS 130:3-4 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel.   COLLECT May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after, and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah   25: 6-10a. Theme: The Lord will prepare for all people a banquet and will wipe away the tears from every cheek. On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet…

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Sunday Readings: PENTECOST SUNDAY 8/6/2014

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON   Wis 1:7 The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. It holds all things together and knows every word spoken by man, alleluia.   Or Rom 5: 5. 10: 11 The love of God has been poured into our hearts by his Spirit living in us, alleluia.   OPENING PRAYER God our Father, let the Spirit you sent on your Church to begin the teaching of the gospel continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Theme: They were all filled…

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Sunday Readings: SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday)

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OPENING PRAYER God of mercy, you wash away our sins in water, you give us new birth in the Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ. As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection increase our awareness of these blessings, and renew your gift of life within us.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts 2:42-47 Theme: The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common. These (the new converts) remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. The many miracles and signs…

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Be courageous, go to confession – Pope

During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter’s Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. “Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests – Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession,” urged the Pope on Feb. 19. Acknowledging a popular objection to the sacrament, Pope Francis noted, “someone can say, ‘I…

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Sunday Readings: FIFTH SUNDAY OF YEAR A. (9/2/2014)

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Come, let us worship the Lord. Let us bow down in the presence of our maker, for he is the Lord our God.   OPENING PRAYER Father, watch over your family and keep us safe in your care, for all our hope is in you.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah 58:7-10 Theme:  Then will your light shine like the dawn. Thus says the Lord: Share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor, clothe the man you see to be naked and turn not from your own kin. Then will your light…

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PRAYER FOR UPRIGHT VOTING, ACCURATE COUNTING AND IMPARTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF ELECTION RESULTS IN NIGERIA

God our Father, All ruling powers lie within your hands To you belong just judgements, Mercy and peace as well But to us and the rulers of our land Belong defilement and disgrace.   When you freed us from the stranglehold of military rule Our hearts were so full of joy But alas, fighting with guns for rulership And stealing votes with violence Continue to plague us Causing bloodshed and confusion in our land. Feeding the poor with misery and sadness.   Gracious Father, Forgive us, cleanse and cleanse us Truly without you and left to ourselves We are just…

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