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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

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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  Acts 4:32-35

“One heart and soul”

The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.  And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.  There was not anyone needy among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each as any had need.

This is the word of the Lord

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   Psalm118:2-4,15c-16b and 17-18,22-24 (R.I)

R: Give praise to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever,

OR Alleluia

  1. Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever”. Let the house of Aaron say, “His mercy endures forever”. Let those who fear the Lord say, “His mercy endures forever”. (R)

 

  1. “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty deeds; his right hand is exalted. The Lord’s right hand has done mighty deeds”. I shall not die, I shall live and recount the deeds of the LORD. The Lord punished me, punished me severely, but did not hand me over to death. (R)

 

  1. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, a marvel in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad. (R)

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John  1 John 5:1-7

“Whatever is born of God overcomes the world”.

Beloved: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and every one who loves the parent loves the one begotten by him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.

And his commandments are not burdensome.  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only, but with the water and the blood.  And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth.

The word of the Lord.

 

ALLELUIA                John 20:29

  1. Alleluia. R. alleluia.
  2. You believed, Thomas, because you shave seen me, says the Lord; blessed are Those who have not seen and yet believe.
  3. Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL                     John 20:19-31

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

“Eight days later, Jesus came”.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you”.  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I send you”.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven, if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”.

Now, Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord”.  But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe”.

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.  The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you”.  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands, and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.  “Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “You have believed because you have seen me.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe”.

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Accept O Lord, we pray, the oblations of your people (and of those you have brought to new birth), that, renewed by confession of your name and by Baptism, they may attain unending happiness.  Through Christ our Lord.

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Grant we pray, Almighty God, that our reception of this paschal Sacrament may have a continuing effect in our minds and hearts.  Through Christ our Lord.

 

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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.

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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 put away your sin; you shall not die.”

In those days: Nathan said to David, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul; and I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.”

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”

The word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM    Psalm 32:1-2. 5. 7. 11 (R. Cf. 5d)

  1. O Lord, forgive the guilt of my sin.
  2. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is remitted. Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no guile. R.
  3. To you I have acknowledged my sin; my guilt I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgression to the LORD.” And you have forgiven the guilt of my sin. R.
  4. You are a hiding place for me; you keep me safe from distress; you surround me with cries of deliverance. R.
  5. Rejoice in the LORD, exult you just! Ring out your joy, all you upright of heart! R.

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 2:16. 19-21

Theme: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

Brethren: Knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no flesh be justified. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose.

The word of the Lord.

 

ALLELUIA

Alleluia. Alleluia

God loved us and sent his son to be the expiation for our sins. Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 7:36-8:3

Theme: “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.”

At that time: One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was sitting at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is it, Teacher?”

“A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning towards the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house,  you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not caused to kiss my kiss, but from the Time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many other, who provided for them out of their means.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

O God, who in the offerings presented here provide for the twofold needs of human nature, nourishing us with food and renewing us with your Sacrament, grant, we pray, that the sustenance they provide may not fail us in body or in spirit. Through Christ our Lord.

 

Communion Antiphon  Ps 27:4

There is one thing I ask of the LORD, only this do I seek: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.

 

Or:   Jn 17:11

Holy Father, keep in your name those you have given me, that they may be one as we are one, says the Lord.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

As this reception of your Holy Communion, O Lord, foreshadows the union of the faithful in you, so may it bring about unity in your Church. Through Christ our Lord.

 


 

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Sunday Readings: PENTECOST SUNDAY

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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: 1-11

Theme: They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues.”

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

The word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac. 29bc-30.31 and 34 (R. Cf. 30)

  1. Lord, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
  2. Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, how great you are. How many are your works, O LORD! The earth is full of your creatures.R.
  3. You take away their breath, they die, returning to the dust from which they came. You send forth your spirit, and they are created, you renew the face of the earth. R.
  4. May the glory of the LORD last forever! May the LORD rejoice in his works! May my thoughts be pleasing to them. I will rejoice in the LORD R.

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 12:3b-7. 12-13

Theme: “We have all been baptized in the one Spirit.

I want to make it quite clear to you that no one who says ‘A curse on Jesus’ can be speaking in the Spirit of God, and nobody is able to say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.

There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but it is always the same Lord. There are many different forms of activity, but in everybody it is the same God who is at work in them all. The particular manifestation of the Spirit granted to each one is to be used for the general good. For as with the human body which is a unity although it has many parts – all the parts of the body, though many, still making up one single body – so it is with Christ. We were baptised into one body in a single Spirit, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as free men, and we were all given the same Spirit to drink.

The word of the Lord.

 

SEQUENCE

 

ALLELUIA

Alleluia. R. Alleluia

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 14:15-16. 23b-26

Theme: “The Holy Spirit will teach you all things.”

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor, to be with you for ever. “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERING

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as promised by your Son, the Holy Spirit may reveal to us more abundantly the hidden mystery of this sacrifice and graciously lead us into all truth. Through Christ our Lord.

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON ACTS 2: 4:11

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke of the marvels of God, alleluia

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God, who bestow heavenly gifts upon your Church, safe-guard, we pray, the grace you have given, that the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out upon her may retain all its force and that this spiritual food may gain her abundance of eternal redemption. Through Christ our Lord.


 

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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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Mass reading, Sunday in 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 than necessary things.”
In those days: Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole Church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barnabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, with the following letter: “The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting. Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we have them no instructions, it has seemed good to us in an assembly to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   Psalm 67:2-3. 5.6 and 8 (R.4)
R. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
1. O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will nations learn your salvation. R.
2. Let the nations be glad and shout for joy, with uprightness you rule the peoples; you guide the nations on earth. R.
3. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing that all the ends of the earth may revere him. R.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Book of Revelation 21:10-14. 22-23
Theme: “He showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven.”
In the Spirit the angel carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as cystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates, on the north three gates, on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city no need of sun of moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA    John 14:23
Alleluia. R. Alleluia
If a man loves me, he will keep my word, says the Lord; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him. Alleluia.

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 14:23-29
Theme: “The Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’
If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
May our prayers rise up to you, O Lord, together with the sacrificial offerings, so that, purified by your graciousness, we may be conformed to the mysteries of your mighty love. Through Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON JN 14:15-16
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord, and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you for ever, alleluia.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Almighty ever-living God, who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ, increase in us, we pray, the fruits of this paschal Sacrament and pour into our hearts the strength of this saving food. Through Christ our Lord.


 

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