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Daily Readings Tuesday 14th May 2019

May 14

Tuesday 14 May 2019 Saint Matthias Apostle – Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red.

Entrance Antiphon: John 15: 16

It was not you who chose me says the Lord but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit fruit that will last alleluia.


O God who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles grant us through his intercession that rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us we may merit to be numbered among the elect. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.

First Reading: Acts 1:15-17 20-26

‘Let someone else take his office’

One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers – there were about a hundred and twenty persons in the congregation: ‘Brothers the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit speaking through David foretells the fate of Judas who offered himself as a guide to the men who arrested Jesus – after having been one of our number and actually sharing this ministry of ours. Now in the Book of Psalms it says: Let his camp be reduced to ruin Let there be no one to live in it. And again: Let someone else take his office.

‘We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling round with us someone who was with us right from the time when John was baptising until the day when he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.’ Having nominated two candidates Joseph known as Barsabbas whose surname was Justus and Matthias they prayed ‘Lord you can read everyone’s heart; show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.’ They then drew lots for them and as the lot fell to Matthias he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 112(113):1-8

The Lord sets him in the company of the princes of his people. or Alleluia!

Praise O servants of the Lord
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed
both now and for evermore!

The Lord sets him in the company of the princes of his people. or Alleluia!

From the rising of the sun to its setting
praised be the name of the Lord!
High above all nations is the Lord
above the heavens his glory.

The Lord sets him in the company of the princes of his people. or Alleluia!

Who is like the Lord our God
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down
to look down upon heaven and earth?

The Lord sets him in the company of the princes of his people. or Alleluia!

From the dust he lifts up the lowly
from the dung heap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes
yes with the princes of his people.

The Lord sets him in the company of the princes of his people. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation: cf. John 15:16

Alleluia alleluia!
I chose you from the world to go out and bear fruit fruit that will last says the Lord.

Gospel: John 15:9-17

You are my friends if you do what I command you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father has loved me so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me: no I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.’

Prayer over the Offerings:

Receive O Lord the offerings of your Church reverently presented for the Feast of Saint Matthias and through them strengthen us by the power of your grace. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: John 15: 12

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you says the Lord alleluia.

Prayer after Communion:

Never cease O Lord we pray to fill your family with divine gifts and through blessed Matthias’ intercession for us graciously admit us to a share in the lot of the Saints in light. Through Christ our Lord.

Copyright © 1996-2018 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture Readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966 1967 and 1968 by Darton Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday a division of Random House Inc and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963 The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd. All rights reserved.


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