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

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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 of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines. On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy Death for ever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every cheek, he will take away his people’s shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so. That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; The Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us; for the hand of the Lord rests on this mountain.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM         PS. 22: Rv.6.

Response: In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

  1. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit. R.
  2. He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name. If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear. You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. R.
  3. You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing. R.
  4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever. R.

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 4, 12- 14. 19 – 20

Theme: There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.

I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In return my God will fulfill all your needs, in Christ Jesus, as lavishly as only God can. Glory to God, our Father, for ever and ever, Amen.

This is the word of the Lord

 

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                         EPHESIANS 1:17-18

Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might know what is the hope to which he has called us. Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 22: 1-14.

Theme: Invite everyone you can find to the wedding.

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “The Kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. ‘Tell those who have been invited’ he said ‘that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding.’ But they were not interested; one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He despatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding.’ So these servants went out on the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests. When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment, and said to him, ‘How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?’ And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

This is the gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Accept, O Lord, the prayers of your faithful with the sacrificial offerings, that, through these acts of devotedness, we may pass over to the glory of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON CF. PS 34: 11

The rich suffer want and go hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no blessing.

 

Or:

When the Lord appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We entreat your majesty most humbly, O Lord, that, as you feed us with the nourishment which comes from the most holy Body and Blood of your Son, so you may make us sharers of his divine nature. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

 

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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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