SUNDAY OF EASTER
22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven.
Mercifully give us faith to know
that, as he promised,
he abides with us on earth to the end of time;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
One day, as we were
going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit
of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by
fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry
out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim
to you a way of salvation." She kept doing this for many
days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit,
"I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her." And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw
that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and
Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the
authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates,
they said, "These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews
and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to
adopt or observe." The crowd joined in attacking them, and
the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered
them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe
flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to
keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in
the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About
midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and
the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an
earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were
shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's
chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison
doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted
in a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all
here." The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell
down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside
and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They
answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,
you and your household." They spoke the word of the Lord to
him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the
night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire
family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the
house and set food before them; and he and his entire household
rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
REFRAIN Rejoice in the
Lord, you righteous.
Lord is king; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the
isles be glad.
and darkness are round about him, righteousness and justice are
the foundations of his throne. R
fire goes before him and burns up his enemies on every side.
lightnings light up the world; the earth sees it and is afraid. R
mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the
presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his
be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! Bow
down before him, all you gods.
hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of
your judgements, O Lord. R
you are the Lord, most high over all the earth; you are exalted
far above all gods.
Lord loves those who hate evil; he preserves the lives of his
saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. R
has sprung up for the righteous, and joyful gladness for those who
in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name. R
READING FROM THE REVELATION TO JOHN
"See, I am coming
soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the
beginning and the end." Blessed are those who wash their
robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and
may enter the city by the gates. "It is I, Jesus, who sent my
angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root
and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." The
Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let everyone who
hears say, "Come." And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one
who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming
soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be
with all the saints. Amen.
REVELATION 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also
on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that
they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you,
may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you
have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them,
so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me,
that they may become completely one, so that the world may know
that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved
me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may
be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me
because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous
Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these
know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I
will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me
may be in them, and I in them."
OVER THE GIFTS
Source of all joy,
receive our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
Keep us in the love of Christ
and bring us to the vision of his glory;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
may we who share Christ's banquet
be one with him as he is one with you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
the risen and ascended Lord.