Readings Feast of St Mary Magdalene

First Reading
Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17

I have found him whom my heart loves.

A reading from the Song of Songs

The Bride says:
On my bed at night I sought him
   whom my soul loves—
   I sought him but I did not find him.
I will rise then and go about the city,
   in the streets and crossings I will seek
Him whom my soul loves.
   I sought him but I did not find him.
The watchmen came upon me,
   as they made their rounds of the city:
   Have you seen him whom my heart loves?
I had hardly left them
   when I found him whom my heart loves.

Or:

Even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
The love of Christ impels us,
   once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;
   therefore, all have died.
He indeed died for all,
   so that those who live might no longer live for themselves
   but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;
   even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh,
   yet now we know him so no longer.
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
   the old things have passed away;
   behold, new things have come.


Responsorial Psalm

R. :

R. (2) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
   for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
   like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
   to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
   my lips shall glorify you.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus will I bless you while I live;
   lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
   and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

You are my help,
   and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
   your right hand upholds me.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.


Gospel Acclamation
Victimae paschali

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Tell us Mary, what did you see on the way?
I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw his empty tomb.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

On the first day of the week,
   Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning,
   while it was still dark,
   and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
   and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
   “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
   and we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
   and saw two angels in white sitting there,
   one at the head and one at the feet
   where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
   and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
   but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
   “Sir, if you carried him away,
   tell me where you laid him,
   and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew,
   “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her,
   “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
   ‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
   to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
   “I have seen the Lord,”
   and then reported what he told her.

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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