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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

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Divine Mercy Sunday

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON 1 Pt 2:2
Like newborn 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 kindle 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 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 any one 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.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM ll8:2-4.15c-16b and 17-18.22-24 (R. 1)
R. Give praise to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever.
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.

3.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 5:l-7
“Whatever is born of God overcomes the world.”
Beloved: Every one 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 work! 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
Alleluia! Alleluia!! You believed, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. Alleluia.

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 20: 19-31
“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 Cf. Jn 20:27
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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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B

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OPENING PRAYER
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 10:25-26. 34-35. 44-48
Theme: “The gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out even on the Gentiles.”
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 98: 1. 2-3ab. 3ab. 3cd-4 (R. cf.2)
R. The Lord has shown his deliverance to the nations.

  1. O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders. His right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation. R.
  2. The Lord has made known his salvation, has shown his deliverance to the nations. He has remembered his merciful love and his truth for the house of Israel. R.
  3. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song, and sing out your praise. R.

SECOND READING
A reading from the first Letter of Saint John 4: 7-10
Theme: “God is love”
Beloved let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we love God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.
The word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION JOHN 14:23
Alleluia, 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 15:9-17
Theme: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
May our prayer 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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Almighty ever-living God, who restore 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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Easter Sunday

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.

COLLECT
O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord..

FIRST READING
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts l0:34a.37-43
“We ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.”
In those days: Peter opened his mouth and said, “You know the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest; not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
This word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm ll8:l-2.l5c-17.22-23 (R. 24)
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
Or Alleluia.

  1. Give praise to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever. Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.” R.
  2. “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. R.
  3. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, a marvel in our eyes. R.

SECOND READING
Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians 3:1-4
“Seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”
Brethren: If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things at are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that arc on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The word of the Lord.

Sequence

To the Paschal Victim let Christians offer a sacrifice of praise.
The Lamb redeemed the sheep.
Christ, sinless, reconciled sinners to the Father.
Death and life were locked together in a unique struggle.
Life’s captain died; now he reigns, never more to die.
Tell us, Mary, “What did you see on the way?”
“I saw the tomb of the now living Christ.
I saw the glory of Christ, now risen.
“I saw angels who gave witness;
the cloths too which once had covered head and limbs.
“Christ my hope has arisen.
He will go before his own into Galilee.”
We know that Christ has indeed risen from the dead.
Do you, conqueror and king, have mercy on us.
Amen. Alleluia.

ALLELUIA 1 Corinthians 5:7b.8a
Alleluia. R. Alleluia.
Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed; Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival in the Lord.
Alleluia.

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 20:1-9
“He must rise from the dead”
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went towards the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Exultant with paschal gladness, O Lord, the sacrifice by which your Church is wondrously reborn and nourished. Through Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Look upon your Church, O God, with unfailing love and favour, that, renewed by the paschal mysteries, we may come to the glory of the resurrection. Though Christ our Lord.

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Palm Sunday

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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 the Book of  Isaiah 50:4-7

“1 hid not my face from shame, and I know I shall not be put to shame. Third song of the Servant of the Lord.”

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary.

Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD helps me;

therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM  22:89.I7-18a.19-20.2324 (R. 2a)

R. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

1.            All who see me deride me; they curl their lips, they toss their heads:

“              He trusted in the LORD, let him save him; let him release him, for in him he delights.” R.

2.            For dogs have surrounded me; a band of the wicked besets me. They tear holes in my hands and my feet; I can count every one of my bones. R.

3.            They divide my clothing among them, they cast lots for my robe. But you, O LORD, do not stay afar off; my strength, make haste to help me! R.

4.            I will tell of your name to my kin, and praise you in the midst of the assembly; “You who fear the LORD, give him praise; all descendents of Jacob, give him glory; revere him, all you descendants of Israel.” R.

SECOND READING

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 2:6-11

 “He humbled himself and God has highly exalted him.”

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the Lord.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL Philippians 2:8b-9

V. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

R. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

V. Christ became obedient for us unto death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him: and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.

R. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

GOSPEL: THE PASSION NARRATIVE ACCORDING TO MARK 14:1-15:47 (YEAR B)

Prayer over the Offerings

Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, 0 Lord, may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, yet by this sacrifice made once for all, we may feel already the effects of your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON           Mt 2 6:42

Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it, your will be done.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Nourished with these sacred gifts, we humbly beseech you, 0 Lord, that just as through the death of your Son you have brought us to hope for what we believe, so by his Resurrection you may lead us to where you call. Through Christ our Lord.

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