Readings Sunday Octave of Easter ( A, B, C )

Year B

Readings

First Reading
Acts 4:32-35

They were of one heart and mind.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
   and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
   but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness
   to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
   and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
   for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
   bring the proceeds of the sale,
   and put them at the feet of the apostles,
   and they were distributed to each according to need.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

R. :

R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Let the house of Israel say,
   “His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
   “His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
   “His mercy endures forever.”

R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

I was hard pressed and was falling,
   but the LORD helped me.
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. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
   it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
   let us be glad and rejoice in it.

R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Second Reading
1 Jn 5:1-6

Whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Beloved:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
   and everyone who loves the Father
   loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way 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 keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
   for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
   but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
   not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one that testifies,
   and the Spirit is truth.

Year C

First Reading
Acts 5:12-16

More than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Many signs and wonders were done among the people
   at the hands of the apostles.
They were all together in Solomon’s portico.
None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them.
Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord,
   great numbers of men and women, were added to them.
Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets
   and laid them on cots and mats
   so that when Peter came by,
   at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them.
A large number of people from the towns
   in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered,
   bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits,
   and they were all cured.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

R. :

R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Let the house of Israel say,
   “His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
   “His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD  say,
   “His mercy endures forever.”

R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

I was hard pressed and was falling,
   but the LORD helped me.
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. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone,
By the LORD has this been done;
   it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD had made;
   let us be glad and rejoice in it.

R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Second Reading
Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19

I was dead, but now I am alive and live for ever and ever.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, your brother, who share with you
   the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus,
   found myself on the island called Patmos
   because I proclaimed God’s word and gave testimony to Jesus.
I was caught up in spirit on the Lord’s day
   and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, which said,
   “Write on a scroll what you see”
Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me,
   and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands
   and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,
   wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest.
When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead.
He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid.
I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.
I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
Write down, therefore, what you have seen,
   and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 20:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 20:19-31

Eight days later, Jesus came and stood in their midst.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

On the evening of that first day of the week,
   when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
   for fear of the Jews,
   Jesus came and stood in their midst
   and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
   “Receive the holy Spirit.
 Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
   and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
   was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
   “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
   and put my finger into the nailmarks
   and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
   and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
   and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
   and bring your hand and put it into my side,
   and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
   that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
   that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,
  and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

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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