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Daily Readings Friday 24th May 2019

May 24

Friday 24 May 2019 Friday of the 5th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon: Rv 5: 12

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour alleluia.


Grant us Lord we pray that being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries what we celebrate in joy may protect and save us with perpetual power. 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 15:22-31

It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by us not to burden you beyond these essentials

The apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas both leading men in the brotherhood and gave them this letter to take with them: ‘The apostles and elders your brothers send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these and you will do what is right. Farewell.’

The party left and went down to Antioch where they summoned the whole community and delivered the letter. The community read it and were delighted with the encouragement it gave them.

Responsorial Psalm:Psalm 56(57):8-12

I will thank you Lord among the peoples. or Alleluia!

My heart is ready O God
my heart is ready.
I will sing I will sing your praise.
Awake my soul
awake lyre and harp
I will awake the dawn.

I will thank you Lord among the peoples. or Alleluia!

I will thank you Lord among the peoples
among the nations I will praise you
for your love reaches to the heavens
and your truth to the skies.
O God arise above the heavens;
may your glory shine on earth!

I will thank you Lord among the peoples. or Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation: John 10:27

Alleluia alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice says the Lord I know them and they follow me.

or: John 15:15

Alleluia alleluia!
I call you friends says the Lord because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.

Gospel: John 15:12-17

What I command you is to love one another

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘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:

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:

The Crucified is risen from the dead and has redeemed us 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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