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Daily Readings Wednesday 15th May 2019

May 15

Wednesday 15 May 2019 Wednesday of the 4th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 17: 50; 21: 23

I will praise you Lord among the nations; I will tell of your name to my kin alleluia.


O God life of the faithful glory of the humble blessedness of the just listen kindly to the prayers of those who call on you that they who thirst for what you generously promise may always have their fill of your plenty. 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 12:24-13:5

‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart’

The word of God continued to spread and to gain followers. Barnabas and Saul completed their task and came back from Jerusalem bringing John Mark with them.
In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas Simeon called Niger and Lucius of Cyrene Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch and Saul. One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast the Holy Spirit said ‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.’ So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So these two sent on their mission by the Holy Spirit went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. They landed at Salamis and proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; John acted as their assistant.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66(67):2-3 5-6 8

Let the peoples praise you O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

O God be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth
and all nations learn your saving help.

Let the peoples praise you O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples
you guide the nations on earth.

Let the peoples praise you O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

Let the peoples praise you O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Let the peoples praise you O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation: John 20:29

Alleluia alleluia!
‘You believe Thomas because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.

or: John 8:12

Alleluia alleluia!
I am the light of the world says the Lord; anyone who follows me will have the light of life.

Gospel: John 12:44-50

I the light have come into the world

Jesus declared publicly: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in the one who sent me and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I the light have come into the world so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully it is not I who shall condemn him since I have come not to condemn the world but to save the world. He who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day. For what I have spoken does not come from myself; no what I was to say what I had to speak was commanded by the Father who sent me and I know that his commands mean eternal life. And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak.’

Prayer over the Offerings:

O God who by the wonderful exchange effected in this sacrifice have made us partakers of the one supreme Godhead grant we pray that as we have come to know your truth we may make it ours by a worthy way of life. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: cf. John 15: 16 19

I have chosen you from the world says the Lord and have appointed you to go out and bear fruit fruit that will last alleluia.

Prayer after Communion:

Graciously be present to your people we pray O Lord and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life. Through Christ our Lord.

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