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August 14, 2018

SUNDAY READING: THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON      PS 47:2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy!   COLLECT O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord.     FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Wisdom 1: 13-15; 2: 23-24 Theme: “Through the devil’s envy death entered the world.” God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death…

Sunday Readings: TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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  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 forever.   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 Job 38:1. 8-11 Theme: Here I have prescribed bounds for the sea. The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who shut in the sea with…

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 Savior!   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 A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 17: 22-24 Theme: I have made…

Sunday Readings: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps. 81:17 He fed them with the finest wheat, and satisfied them with honey from the rock.   COLLECT O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Exodus 24:3-8 Theme: “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you.” In those days: Moses…

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…

SUNDAY READING – May 10, 2015

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  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 10:25-26. 34-35. 44-48 Theme: “The gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out even on…

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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 (The Good Shepherd Sunday) 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 4: 8-12 Theme: “There is no other name by which we must be saved.” In those days: Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said,…

SUNDAY READINGS: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Is 66:10-11 Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.   COLLECT O God, who through your word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten towards the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING  A reading from the second Book of Chronicles 36: 14-16. 19-23 Theme: The wrath and compassion of God are shown in the exile and liberation of his people….

Sunday Readings: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

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Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps. 27:8-9 Of you my heart has spoken. Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord,  that I seek; hide not your face from me.   Collect O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through Christ our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Genesis 22:1-2 Vs. 10:13-15, 18 Theme:The sacrifice of Abraham, our Father in faith In those days: God tested Abraham, and…

SUNDAY READINGS: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. PS 91: 15-16 When he calls on me, I will answer him, I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.   COLLECT Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Genesis 9:8-15 Theme: God’s covenant with Noah, delivered from the waters of the flood. God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish…

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…

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…

OUR BODIES ARE SACRED

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today St Paul tells us emphatically in the Second Reading: “Glorify God in your body.” He was writing to the people of Corinth in Ancient Greece. In the Greek culture of those days, there was a tendency towards a flawed anthropology, which made a huge separation between the body and the soul. The body was considered unimportant and treated as just a thing, whereas the soul was considered very important. Even the Greek philosophers expressed this with a vivid image. They considered the body to be a prison containing and limiting the soul; the soul was trapped in the body…

Sunday Readings: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Year B

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you   COLLECT Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honour you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Through our Lord   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Deuteronomy 18, 15-20 Theme: I will raise up a prophet and I will put my words into his mouth Moses said to the people: “Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from…

Sunday Readings: Fourth Sunday of Advent

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Saviour   OPENING PRAYER Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns….   FIRST READING A reading from the second book of Samuel  7, 1-5, 8b:11- 16 Theme: The kingdom of David will always stand secure before the face of the Lord. Once David had settled into his house and the…

Sunday Readings: SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON O people  of Zion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.   COLLECT Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah   40:1-5.9-11 Theme: “Prepare the way of the Lord”. Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to…

Sunday Readings: 1st Sunday of Advent Year (B)

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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 right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord.     FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah  63:16d-17;64:1.3b-8 Theme: “O that you…

Sunday Readings: Nov. 16, 2014

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON           Jer  29:11. 12. 14   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 Theme: “A good…

Sunday Reading: All Souls 2/11/2014

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON God, who raised Jesus from the dead, will give new life to our own mortal bodies through his spirit living in us.   OPENING PRAYER Let us pray (for all our departed brothers and sisters) Merciful Father, hear our prayers and  console us as we renew our faith in your Son whom you raised from the dead strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah 25:…

SUNDAY READINGS: TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                    Dan 3: 31, 29, 30, 43, 42 All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name, and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.   COLLECT O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us, and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the…