Readings Friday Week 5 Easter

First Reading
Acts 15:22-31

It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
   decided to choose representatives
   and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
   and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
   to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
   of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
   who went out without any mandate from us
   have upset you with their teachings
   and disturbed your peace of mind,
   we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
   and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
   who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
   who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
   ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
   not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
   namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
   from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
   and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
   you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’”

And so they were sent on their journey.
Upon their arrival in Antioch
   they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 57:8-9, 10 and 12

R. :

R. (10a) I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
   I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
   I will wake the dawn.

R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,
   I will chant your praise among the nations.
For your mercy towers to the heavens,
  and your faithfulness to the skies.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
   above all the earth be your glory!

R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 15:15b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 15:12-17

This is my commandment: love one another.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love 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 no longer call you slaves,
   because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
   because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
   and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
   so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

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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