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May 21, 2018

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON 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 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 my covenant with you…

Sunday Reading: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

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. Or:                                           Cf. Ps 25:6.2.22 Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us, 0 God of Israel, from all our distress.   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…

The Passion Drama

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

It is a feast of contradictions today. We celebrate the triumphal entry of a king to the great applause of the people. However, this same King is condemned to a brutal death, betrayed by the very people who hailed his arrival. Ironically, this death is what brings him ultimate victory and earns him the greatest name above all. It’s Palm Sunday and it’s also Passion Sunday. It’s the day of “Hosanna in the highest”, but also the day of “Crucify him! Crucify him!” It is the day of acclaiming: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”,…

The Lessons of Palm Sunday

By Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu Palm Sunday is one of those Church’s major celebrations which has gradually become Paramount and appropriated by the entire Christendom worldwide. Simply understood, it is a ritual festival commemorating the solemn but triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphant into Jerusalem. Here in Nigeria and Imo in particular almost every Christian irrespective of the denomination participates in principle with relative joy. Catholics openly carry palm fronts singing and chanting joyful choruses unto Jesus the son David. On this day many Christians are seen carrying beside their Bibles palm fronds with cross adjustments to match…

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 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON 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 Book of Joshua 5:9a.10-12 Theme: “The people of God entered the promised land and there kept the Passover”. In those days: The LORD said to Joshua,…

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR C

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON 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   15:5-12.17-18 Theme: God enters into a covenant with the faithful Abraham In those days: God brought Abram outside and said, “Look towards heaven, and number…

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….