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April 22, 2018

Sunday Readings : Third Sunday of Easter

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 66:1 Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.   COLLECT May your people exult for ever, 0 God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15.17-19ab “You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the…

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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Entrance Antiphon The Lord said; I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place.   COLLECT Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Proverbs 31:10-13.19-20.30-31 “A good wife works with willing hands” Who can find a good wife? She is far…

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    CF. SIR 36:18 Give peace. O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel.   COLLECT Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING    A reading from the Book of  Sirach 27:30-28:7 “Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be forgiven when you pray.” Anger and…

Fifteenth Sunday of the Ordinary Time

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 17:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory.   COLLECT O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and strive after all that does it honour. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 55:10-11 “The rain makes the earth…

Sunday Reading – Fifteenth Sunday in the ordinary time

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 17:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory.   COLLECT O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and strive after all that does it honour. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 55:10-11 “The rain makes the earth…

Sunday Reading: TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 28:8-9 The LORD Is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever.   COLLECT Grant, O Lord that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 20: 10-13 “He has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evil doers.” Jeremiah said: I hear…

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 27.7 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, believe that the Saviour of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reign with you.   FIRST READING     Acts 1:121 “All with one accord devoted themselves to prayer.” A reading from the Acts of the Apostles…

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Entrance Antiphon      Cf. Ps 98:1-2 O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia. The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said.   Collect Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the paschal mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  6:1-7 They picked out seven…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 33:5-6 The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:14a.36-41 “God has made him both Lord and Christ.” On the day of Pentecost, Peter, standing with the Eleven, lifted up his voice and said to the multitude, “Let…

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 66:1-2 Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.   COLLECT May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  2:14.22-33 “It was not possible for him to be held by death.” [On the day of Pentecost,] Peter,…

Second Sunday of Easter: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                1 Pt 2:2 Like newborn 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 kindle 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…

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                Cf. Ps 43:1-2 Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation 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 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live.” A reading from the Book of the Prophet  Ezekiel 37:12-14 Thus says the Lord God: Behold,…

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                                     Cf. Ps 25:15-16 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor. COLLECT O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord… FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Exodus 17:3-7 “Give us water…

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 96:1.6 O sing a new song to the LORD; sing to the LORD, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendor, strength and honour in his holy place.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 9:1-4 Theme: In Galilee of the nations, the people have seen a great light. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun…

Sunday Reading: SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 66:4 All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 49: 3. 5-6 Theme: “I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” The LORD said to me, “You…

Sunday 8 January: The Epiphany of the Lord

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Mal 3:1; 1Chr 29:12 Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion.   COLLECT O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy, that we, who you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah  60:1-6 Theme: The glory of the Lord has risen upon you Arise, shine; for your light has come,…

Sunday Reading 4th Sunday of Advent Year A

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. IS 45:8 Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.   COLLECT Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING “Behold, a virgin shall conceive.” A reading from the Book of Isaiah 7:10-l4…

OUR ANXIOUS JOY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

It’s “Gaudete Sunday”, and that’s why we are using rose candles and vestments at Mass today. “Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice”, and we are invited to rejoice because Christmas is closer. We are not there yet but the finish line is clearly in sight. The eclipse is nearly over and the sun is set to shine again. But should we really be rejoicing considering all the problems in our world? Why should we rejoice when our Catholic faith faces relentless attacks from a cynically hostile media and other enemies of the Church? Why should we rejoice given the level of…

Sunday Readings: THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (GAUDETE)

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON PHIL 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.   COLLECT O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 35:1-6a.10 Theme: “God himself will come and save you.” The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the lily it…

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Entrance Antiphon To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.   Collect Grant your faithful, we pray, Almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord …   FIRST READING                             Isaiah 2:1-5 The Lord will gather all nations in the eternal…