SUNDAY OF EASTER
God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make us perfect in every good work to do your will,
and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in
Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of
charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had
washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near
Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men
to him with the request, "Please come to us without
delay." So Peter got up and went with them; and when he
arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood
beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that
Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them
outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body
and said, "Tabitha, get up." Then she opened her eyes,
and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her
up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.
This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still
revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his name's
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no
evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort
spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. R
READING FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION TO JOHN
this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could
count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and
languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed
in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a
loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is
seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels
stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living
creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and
worshipped God, singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God
forever and ever! Amen." Then one of the elders addressed me,
saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they
come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that
knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have
come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are
before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his
temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not
strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of
the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to
springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear
from their eyes."
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem.
It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico
of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
"How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the
Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have told
you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's
name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not
belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they
follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.
No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given
me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the
Father's hand. The Father and I are one."
OVER THE GIFTS
of loving care,
you spread before us the table of life,
and give us the cup of salvation to drink.
Keep us always in the fold of your Son Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and our shepherd.
of steadfast love,
watch over the Church redeemed by the blood of your Son.
May we who share in these holy mysteries
come safely to your eternal kingdom,
where there is one flock and one shepherd.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.