This Sunday's Readings

Church of the Sacred Heart


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5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR C) Weekend of 14 & 15 May 2022




Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 97: 1-2


O sing a new song to the Lord,

for He has worked wonders;

in the sight of the nations

He has shown his deliverance, alleluia.





Collect


Let us pray.


Almighty ever-living God,

constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,

that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism

may, under your protective care, bear much fruit

and come to the joys of life eternal.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.


Amen.





First Reading Acts 14:21-27


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.


They gave an account to the church of all that God had done with them


Paul and Barnabas went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. ‘We all have to experience many hardships’ they said ‘before we enter the kingdom of God.’ In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.


They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.


On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans.

The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.





Responsorial Psalm Psalm 144(145):8-13a


R. I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


The Lord is kind and full of compassion,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all,

compassionate to all his creatures.


R. I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God,

to make known to men your mighty deeds

and the glorious splendour of your reign.


R. I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


Yours is an everlasting kingdom;

your rule lasts from age to age.


R. I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.





Second Reading Apocalypse 21:1-5


A reading from the book of Revelation.


A vision of the heavenly Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb


I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make his home among them; they shall be his people, and he will be their God; his name is God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness. The world of the past has gone.’


Then the One sitting on the throne spoke: ‘Now I am making the whole of creation new.’


The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.





Gospel Acclamation Jn13:34


Alleluia, alleluia!


I give you a new commandment:

love one another just as I have loved you,

says the Lord.


Alleluia!





Gospel John 13:31-33,34-35


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.


Response: Glory to you, O Lord


I give you a new commandment: love one another


When Judas had gone Jesus said:


‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,

and in him God has been glorified.

If God has been glorified in him,

God will in turn glorify him in himself,

and will glorify him very soon.


‘My little children,

I shall not be with you much longer.

I give you a new commandment:

love one another;

just as I have loved you,

you also must love one another.

By this love you have for one another,

everyone will know that you are my disciples.’


The Gospel of the Lord.


Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.





Prayer Of The Faithful


Introduction: With faith, let us address our needs to God our Father, who knows what our needs really are.


Response: Lord let us never be separated from you.


1. That through her teaching the Church may help us to be faithful followers of Christ even in times of trial and sorrow. Let us pray to the Lord.


2. For all who work for peace, that they may be mindful of the words of Christ, “Love one another as I have loved you,”. Let us pray to the Lord.


3. For all those whose basic needs in life are not met, that we may not fail in our responsibility to reach out and help them. Let us pray to the Lord.


4. That our parish may always serve as an example of Christ’s love to others. Let us pray to the Lord.


5. For Deacon Simon Ho, that as he prepares for his ordination to the priesthood, the Lord will grant him a loving and humble heart of service and be an instrument of God’s blessing to the Church and the world. Let us pray to the Lord


6. We now pray in silence for other needs and intentions …

Let us pray to the Lord.


Conclusion: Father, we bring you our needs. Hear our prayers and grant our requests. We make this prayer through Christ our Risen Lord.


Amen.