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Daily Readings Monday 20th May 2019

May 20

Monday 20 May 2019 Monday of the 5th week of Eastertide  or Saint Bernardine of Siena Priest  Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon:

The Good Shepherd has risen who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock alleluia.


May your right hand O Lord we pray encompass your family with perpetual help so that defended from all wickedness by the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son we may make our way by means of your heavenly gifts. 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 14:5-18

We have come with good news to turn you to the living God

Eventually with the connivance of the authorities a move was made by pagans as well as Jews to make attacks on the apostles and to stone them. When the apostles came to hear of this they went off for safety to Lycaonia where in the towns of Lystra and Derbe and in the surrounding country they preached the Good News.

A man sat there who had never walked in his life because his feet were crippled from birth; and as he listened to Paul preaching he managed to catch his eye. Seeing that the man had the faith to be cured Paul said in a loud voice ‘Get to your feet – stand up’ and the cripple jumped up and began to walk. When the crowd saw what Paul had done they shouted in the language of Lycaonia ‘These people are gods who have come down to us disguised as men.’ They addressed Barnabas as Zeus and since Paul was the principal speaker they called him Hermes. The priests of Zeus-outside-the-Gate proposing that all the people should offer sacrifice with them brought garlanded oxen to the gates. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening they tore their clothes and rushed into the crowd shouting ‘Friends what do you think you are doing? We are only human beings like you. We have come with good news to make you turn from these empty idols to the living God who made heaven and earth and the sea and all that these hold. In the past he allowed each nation to go its own way; but even then he did not leave you without evidence of himself in the good things he does for you: he sends you rain from heaven he makes your crops grow when they should he gives you food and makes you happy.’ Even this speech however was scarcely enough to stop the crowd offering them sacrifice.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113B (115):1-4 15-16

Not to us Lord but to your name give the glory. or Alleluia!

Not to us Lord not to us
but to your name give the glory
for the sake of your love and your truth
lest the heathen say: ‘Where is their God?’

Not to us Lord but to your name give the glory. or Alleluia!

But our God is in the heavens;
he does whatever he wills.
Their idols are silver and gold
the work of human hands.

Not to us Lord but to your name give the glory. or Alleluia!

May you be blessed by the Lord
the maker of heaven and earth.
The heavens belong to the Lord
but the earth he has given to men.

Not to us Lord but to your name give the glory. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia alleluia!
Christ has risen and shone upon us whom he redeemed with his blood.

or: John 14:26

Alleluia alleluia!
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.

Gospel: John 14:21-26

The Advocate whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me; and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father and I shall love him and show myself to him.’ Judas – this was not Judas Iscariot – said to him ‘Lord what is all this about? Do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?’ Jesus replied: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words. And my word is not my own: it is the word of the one who sent me. I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.’

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: John 14: 27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you says the Lord 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.

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