Readings for Saturday in the Octave of Easter


Acts 4:13-21

It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Observing the boldness of Peter and John
   and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
   the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
   and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
   they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
   and conferred with one another, saying,
   “What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
   was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
   let us give them a stern warning
   never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

So they called them back
   and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
   “Whether it is right in the sight of God
   for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
After threatening them further,
   they released them,
   finding no way to punish them,
   on account of the people who were all praising God
   for what had happened.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21

R. :

R. (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
   for his mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
   and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
   in the tents of the just.

R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

“The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
   the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”
I shall not die, but live,
   and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
   yet he has not delivered me to death.

R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Open to me the gates of justice;
   I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
   the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
   and have been my savior.

R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Gospel Acclamation
Ps 118:24

SEQUENCE (optional)

Victimae paschali laudes

Christians, to the Paschal victim
   Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems:
   Christ, who only is sinless,
   Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
   The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
   What you saw, wayfaring:
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
   The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
   The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
   To Galilee he will go before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining;
   Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
   Amen. Alleluia.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mk 16:9-15

Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
   he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
   out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
   and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
   to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
   but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
   and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
   because they had not believed those
   who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, “Go into the whole world
   and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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