SUNDAY OF EASTER
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
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the
crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said,
"Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy
Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide
for those who arrested Jesus - for he was numbered among us and
was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who
have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went
in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the
day when he was taken up from us - one of these must become a
witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two,
Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and
Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know
everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which
Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast
lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to
the eleven apostles.
ACTS 1:15-17, 21-26
REFRAIN Happy are they who trust in the Lord.
are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor
lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the
delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law
day and night. R
are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due
season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall
is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind
blows away. R
the wicked shall not stand upright when judgement comes, nor the
sinner in the council of the righteous.
the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked
is doomed. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF JOHN
If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater;
for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son.
Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their
hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by
not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his
Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this
life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not
have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to
you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may
know that you have eternal life.
1 JOHN 5:9-13
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "Father, I have made your name known to those
whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave
them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that
everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you
gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and
know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that
you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on
behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me,
because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine;
and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the
world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy
Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that
they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected
them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not
one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that
the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and
I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy
made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the
world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just
as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them
out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the
world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have
sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And
for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be
sanctified in truth."
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.