SUNDAY OF EASTER
your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
Give us grace to love one another
and walk in the way of his commandments,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that
the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went
up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying,
"Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?"
Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying,
"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a
vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from
heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to
me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of
prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying
to me, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat.' But I replied, 'By no means,
Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
But a second time the voice answered from heaven, 'What God has
made clean, you must not call profane.' This happened three times;
then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment
three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we
were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a
distinction between them and us. These six brothers also
accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. He told us how he
had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 'Send to
Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a
message by which you and your entire household will be saved.' And
as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had
upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord,
how he had said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be
baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If then God gave them the same
gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ,
who was I that I could hinder God?" When they heard this,
they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, "Then God
has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to
Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.
him, all you angels of his; praise him, all his host.
him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. R
him, heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens.
them praise the Name of the Lord; for he commanded, and they were
made them stand fast for ever and ever; he gave them a law which
shall not pass away. R
the Lord from the earth, you sea-monsters and all deeps;
and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing his will;
and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;
beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged birds; R
of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the world;
men and maidens, old and young together.
them praise the Name of the Lord, for his Name only is exalted,
his splendour is over earth and
has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal
servants, the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
READING FROM THE REVELATION TO JOHN
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and
the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I
saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard
a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is
among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from
their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain
will be no more, for the first things have passed away." And
the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making
all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these
words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It
is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the
water of life."
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been
glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been
glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will
glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little
longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I
say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new
commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that
you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
OVER THE GIFTS
you show us your way
and give us your divine life.
May everything we do
be directed by the knowledge of your truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.
in this eucharist we have heard your truth
and shared in your life.
May we always walk in your way,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.