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May 21, 2018

Sunday Readings – Palm Sunday

    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf Ps 43:1-2 Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out.   COLLECT Almighty everlasting God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING A reading from…

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Sunday readings

  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  20:1-17 The…

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                 Cf. Ps 27:3-9 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 our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Genesis   22:1-2.9a.l0-13.l5-l8 “The sacrifice of Abraham, our Father in faith.” In those days: God tested Abraham, and said to him,…

Sunday Readings: THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Christ-the-King feast

    Entrance Antiphon      Rv 5:12; 1:6 How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and authority for ever and ever.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe; grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17 “You, my flock, I judge between…

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday readings

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 105:3-4 Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; Turn to the LORD and his strength; constantly seek his face.   Collect Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Exodus 22:20-26 “If you afflict any widow or orphan, my wrath will burn against you.” Thus says the Lord: “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You…

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 may always hold to in what we do. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts 8:5-8.14-17 They laid hands on them; and they received the Holy Spirit.” In those days: Philip…

32nd Sunday in Ordinary time – Sunday Readings

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord.   COLLECT Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the second Book of  Maccabees 7:1-2. 9-14 Theme: ‘The king of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life.” In those days: It happened that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled…

Playing the neighbour

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

In the first century, the idea of a Samaritan being good was inconceivable to an average Jewish person, given the level of animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans. It was also unthinkable that a Samaritan would be considered a “neighbour” by a Jew, and vice versa. However, Jesus changes all that in today’s Gospel as he radically redefines the notion of “neighbour”. He broadens the concept of neighbour to include everyone, without exception, who is in need. The Lord goes ahead to propose universal compassion as a ticket to eternal life. The drama starts with a legal expert questioning…

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…

5TH SUNDAY OF LENT

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON     CF. PS 43 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 Isaiah  43:16 I am doing a new thing, and I will give drink to my people. Thus says the Lord, who…

Sunday Readings: FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Sunday readings

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.   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 9: 26-31 Theme: “He declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord.” In…

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTERENTRANCE 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 our 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 3:13-15. 17-19ab Theme “You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead.” In those days: Peter said to the people, “The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.” The word of the Lord. RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 4:2. 4. 7. 9. (R. 7b) R. Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. Or Alleluia. 1.I called, the God of justice gave me answer; from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me! R. 2.Know that the LORD works wonders for his faithful one; the LORD will hear me whenever I call him. R. 3.“What can bring us happiness?” many say. Lift up the light of your face on us, O LORD R. 4.In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety R. SECOND READING A reading from the first Letter of Saint John 2:1-5 He is the expiation for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world. My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who says “ I know him” but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. The word of the Lord. ALLELUIA Cf. Luke 24:32 Alleluia! Alleluia Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn with love when you speak to us Alleluia. GOSPEL A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 24:35-48 Theme: “Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.” At that time: The two disciples told what had happened on the road, and how Jesus was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scripture, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” The Gospel of the Lord. PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS Receive, O Lord, we pray, these offerings of your exultant Church, and, as you have given her cause for such great gladness, grant also that the gifts we bring may bear fruit in perpetual happiness. Through Christ our Lord. COMMUNION ANTIPHON LK 24:25 The disciples recognized the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread, alleluia. PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Look with kindness upon your people, O Lord, and grant, we pray, that those you were pleased to renew by eternal mysteries may attain in their flesh the incorruptible glory of the resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.

Sunday readings

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 our 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 3:13-15. 17-19ab Theme “You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead.” In those…

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

Sunday readings

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…

Sunday Readings: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 25/5/2014

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON   See Is 48:20 Speak out with a voice of Joy; let it be heard to the ends of the earth: The Lord has set his people free, alleluia.   OPENING PRAYER Ever-living God, help us to celebrate our joy in the resurrection of the Lord and to express in our lives the love we celebrate.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8. 14-17 Theme: They laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the…

Sunday Readings: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER YR A 4/5/2014

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Let all the earth cry out to God with joy; praise the glory of his name; proclaim his glorious praise, alleluia.     OPENING PRAYER: God our Father, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection, for you have made us your sons and daughters, and restored the joy of our youth.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. 2, 14, 22-28. Theme: It was impossible for Him to be held in the power of death. On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a…

Sunday Readings: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                        Ps. 24:6, 3, 22 Remember your mercies, Lord, your tenderness from ages past. Do not let our enemies triumph over us; O God, deliver Israel from all her distress.   OPENING PRAYER God our Father, help us to hear your Son. Enlighten us with your word, that we may find the way to your glory.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Genesis                                    12:-4a The call of Abraham, the father of God’s people The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will…

Sunday Readings: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT “A” (9/3/2014)

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON When he calls to me, I will answer; I will rescue him and give him honour. Long life and contentment will be his.   OPENING PRAYER Father, through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Genesis 2, 7-9, 3, 1-7 Theme: The creation and fall of our first parents. The Lord God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus…

Sunday Readings: 8th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR “A” (2/3/2014)

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER Lord, guide the course of world events and give your Church the joy and peace of serving you in freedom.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah 49:14-15 Theme: I will never forget you. Zion was saying, “The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.” Does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you. This is the word of the Lord.   RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 61:2-3. 6-9. R.v.6 R. In God alone is my soul…

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

Sunday readings

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…

SUNDAY READINGS: BAPTISM OF THE LORD (A) 12/1/2014

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON             Cf. Mt 3:16-17 After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased   OPENING PRAYER Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan, and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives…