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Daily Readings Thursday 16th May 2019

May 16

Thursday 16 May 2019 Thursday of the 4th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 67: 8-9 20

O God when you went forth before your people marching with them and living among them the earth trembled heavens poured down rain alleluia.


O God who restore human nature to yet greater dignity than at its beginnings look upon the amazing mystery of your loving kindness and in those you have chosen to make new through the wonder of rebirth may you preserve the gifts of your enduring grace and blessing. 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 13:13-25

God has raised up one of David’s descendants Jesus as Saviour

Paul and his friends went by sea from Paphos to Perga in Pamphylia where John left them to go back to Jerusalem. The others carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to synagogue on the sabbath and took their seats. After the lessons from the Law and the Prophets had been read the presidents of the synagogue sent them a message: ‘Brothers if you would like to address some words of encouragement to the congregation please do so.’ Paul stood up held up a hand for silence and began to speak:

‘Men of Israel and fearers of God listen! The God of our nation Israel chose our ancestors and made our people great when they were living as foreigners in Egypt; then by divine power he led them out and for about forty years took care of them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in Canaan he put them in possession of their land for about four hundred and fifty years. After this he gave them judges down to the prophet Samuel. Then they demanded a king and God gave them Saul son of Kish a man of the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years he deposed him and made David their king of whom he approved in these words “I have selected David son of Jesse a man after my own heart who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants Jesus as Saviour whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”’

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 88(89):2-3 21 22 25 27

I will sing for ever of your love O Lord. or Alleluia!

I will sing for ever of your love O Lord;
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
Of this I am sure that your love lasts for ever
that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

I will sing for ever of your love O Lord. or Alleluia!

I have found David my servant
and with my holy oil anointed him.
My hand shall always be with him
and my arm shall make him strong.

I will sing for ever of your love O Lord. or Alleluia!

My truth and my love shall be with him;
by my name his might shall be exalted.
He will say to me: ‘You are my father
my God the rock who saves me.’

I will sing for ever of your love O Lord. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation: cf. Rv1:5

Alleluia alleluia!
You O Christ are the faithful witness the First-born from the dead you have loved us and have washed away our sins with your blood.

Gospel: John 13:16-20

Whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me

After he had washed the feet of his disciples Jesus said to them: ‘I tell you most solemnly no servant is greater than his master no messenger is greater than the man who sent him. ‘Now that you know this happiness will be yours if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: Someone who shares my table rebels against me. ‘I tell you this now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe that I am He. I tell you most solemnly whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’

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: Matthew 28: 20

Behold I am with you always even to the end of the age 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.

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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