SUNDAY OF EASTER
you have prepared for those who love you
riches beyond imagination.
Pour into our hearts such love toward you,
that we, loving you above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
While Peter was still
speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The
circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that
the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the
Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling
God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for
baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as
we have?" So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
REFRAIN The Lord has
made known his salvation.
to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.
his right hand and his holy arm has he won for himself the
Lord has made known his victory; his righteousness has he openly
shown in the sight of the nations.
remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, and
all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. R
with joy to the Lord, all you lands; lift up your voice, rejoice,
to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the voice of song. R
trumpets and the sound of the horn shout with joy before the King,
the sea make a noise and all that is in it, the lands and those
who dwell therein. R
the rivers clap their hands, and let the hills ring out with joy
before the Lord, when he comes to judge the earth.
righteousness shall he judge the world and the peoples with
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF JOHN
Everyone who believes
that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who
loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For
the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his
commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God
conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the
world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one
who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who
came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but
with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that
testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.
1 JOHN 5:1-6
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "As
the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If
you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I
have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have
said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that
your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love
one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than
this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends
if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any
longer, because the servant does not know what the master is
doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to
you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not
choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear
fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you
whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so
that you may love one another."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of glory,
accept all we offer you this day,
and bring us to that eternal city of love and light,
where Christ is King.
We ask this in his name.
you restored us to life
by raising your Son from death.
May we who receive this sacrament
always be strengthened to do your will,
in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.