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Sunday Readings: PENTECOST SUNDAY 8/6/2014

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON   Wis 1:7

The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. It holds all things together and knows every word spoken by man, alleluia.

 

Or Rom 5: 5. 10: 11

The love of God has been poured into our hearts by his Spirit living in us, alleluia.

 

OPENING PRAYER

God our Father, let the Spirit you sent on your Church to begin the teaching of the gospel continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe.

 

FIRST READING

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Theme: They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak. Acts 2, 1-11

When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. “Surely” they said “all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike-Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.”

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 103, 1-24. 29-31. 34. R.v. 30 or Alleluia!

R. Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

1. Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord God, how great you are, How many are your works, O Lord! The earth is full of your riches. (R.)

 

2. You take back your spirit, they die, returning to the dust from which they came. You send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. (R.)

 

3. May the glory of the Lord last for ever! May the Lord rejoice in his works! May my thoughts be pleasing to him. I find my joy in the Lord. (R.)

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the first book of St. Paul to the Corinthians 12, 3b-7. 12-13

Theme: In the one Spirit we were all baptized and we make one body in Christ.

No one can say, “Jesus is Lord” unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit. There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose.

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptized, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

This is the word of the Lord

 

SEQUENCE

Holy Spirit, Lord of light,

From the clear celestial height

Thy pure beaming radiance give.

 

Come, thou Father of the poor,

Come with treasures which endure;

Come, thou light of all that live!

 

Thou, of all consolers best,

Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,

Does refreshing peace bestow;

 

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;

Pleasant coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

 

Light immortal, light divine,

Visit thou these hearts of thine,

And our inmost being fill:

 

If thou take thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay;

All his good is turned to ill.

 

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away:

 

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

 

Thou, on us who evermore

Thee confess and thee adore,

With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

 

Give us comfort when we die;

Give us life with thee on high;

Give us joys that never end.

 

ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Come, 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 20: 19-23

“Theme: As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit.

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, “Peace be with you.

“As the Father sent me, So am I sending you.” After saying this he breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Lord, may the Spirit you promised lead us into all truth and reveal to us the full meaning of this sacrifice.

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Acts 2:4, 11

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke of the great things God had done, alleluia.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Father, may the food we receive in the Eucharist help our eternal redemption. Keep within us the vigour of your Spirit and protect the gifts you have given to your Church.

 

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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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