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Daily Readings Saturday 18th May 2019

May 18

Saturday 18 May 2019 Saturday of the 4th week of Eastertide  or Saint John I Pope Martyr  Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon: cf. 1 Pt 2: 9

O chosen people proclaim the mighty works of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light alleluia.


O God who in the celebration of Easter graciously give to the world the healing of heavenly remedies show benevolence to your Church that our present observance may benefit us for eternal life. 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 13:44-52

Since you have rejected the word of God we must turn to the pagans

The next sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds the Jews prompted by jealousy used blasphemies and contradicted everything Paul said. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly. ‘We had to proclaim the word of God to you first but since you have rejected it since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life we must turn to the pagans. For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said: I have made you a light for the nations so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.’ It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they thanked the Lord for his message; all who were destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside.

But the Jews worked upon some of the devout women of the upper classes and the leading men of the city and persuaded them to turn against Paul and Barnabas and expel them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in defiance and went off to Iconium; but the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97(98):1-4

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. or Alleluia!

Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. or Alleluia!

The Lord has made known his salvation;
has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love
for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. or Alleluia!

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord all the earth
ring out your joy.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation: Rm6:9

Alleluia alleluia!
Christ having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.

or: John 8:31-32

Alleluia alleluia!
If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples and you will learn the truth says the Lord.

Gospel: John 14:7-14

To have seen me is to have seen the father

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If you know me you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.’ Philip said ‘Lord let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time Philip ’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me? ‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father so how can you say “Let us see the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself: it is the Father living in me who is doing this work. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; believe it on the evidence of this work if for no other reason. I tell you most solemnly whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself he will perform even greater works because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask for in my name I will do so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask for anything in my name I will do it.’

Prayer over the Offerings:

Graciously sanctify these gifts O Lord we pray and accepting the oblation of this spiritual sacrifice make of us an eternal offering to you. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: John 17: 24

Father I wish that where I am those you gave me may also be with me that they may see the glory that you gave me alleluia.

Prayer after Communion:

We have partaken of the gifts of this sacred mystery humbly imploring O Lord that what your Son commanded us to do in memory of him may bring us growth in charity. Through Christ our Lord.

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