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Daily Readings Sunday 26th May 2019

26th May 2019

Sunday 26 May 2019 6th Sunday of Easter  Liturgical Colour: White.
If the Ascension of the Lord is going to be celebrated next Sunday the alternative Second Reading: and Gospel: shown here (which would otherwise have been read on that Sunday) may be used today.

Entrance Antiphon: cf. Is 48: 20

Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people alleluia.


Grant almighty God that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy which we keep in honour of the risen Lord and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. 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 15:1-2 22-29

It has been decided by the Spirit and by ourselves not to burden you with any burden beyond these essentials

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders. Then 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.’

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!

Second Reading: Apocalypse 21:10-14 22-23

He showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven

In the spirit the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem the holy city coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates on the north three gates on the south three gates and on the west three gates. The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.

or:Second Reading: Apocalypse 22:12-14 16-17 20

Come Lord Jesus

I John heard a voice speaking to me: ‘Very soon now I shall be with you again bringing the reward to be given to every man according to what he deserves. I am the Alpha and the Omega the First and the Last the Beginning and the End. Happy are those who will have washed their robes clean so that they will have the right to feed on the tree of life and can come through the gates into the city.’

I Jesus have sent my angel to make these revelations to you for the sake of the churches. I am of David’s line the root of David and the bright star of the morning. The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come.’ Let everyone who listens answer ‘Come.’ Then let all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life and have it free. The one who guarantees these revelations repeats his promise: I shall indeed be with you soon. Amen; come Lord Jesus.

Gospel Acclamation: John 14:23

Alleluia alleluia!
Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him and we shall come to him.’

Gospel: John 14:23-29

A peace the world cannot give is my gift to you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘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. Peace I bequeath to you my own peace I give you a peace the world cannot give this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me say: I am going away and shall return. If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe.’

or: Gospel Acclamation: cf. John 14:18

Alleluia alleluia!
I will not leave you orphans says the Lord; I will come back to you and your hearts will be full of joy.

Gospel: John 17:20-26

Father may they be completely one

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Holy Father I pray not only for these but for those also who through their words will believe in me. May they all be one. Father may they be one in us as you are in me and I am in you so that the world may believe it was you who sent me. I have given them the glory you gave to me that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you loved me. Father I want those you have given me to be with me where I am so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Father Righteous One the world has not known you but I have known you and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and so that I may be in them.’

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: 15-16

If you love me keep my commandments says the Lord and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete to abide with you for ever 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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