Readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter / A

First Reading
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

Peter and John laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Philip went down to the city of Samaria
   and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
   when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
   came out of many possessed people,
   and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem
   heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
   they sent them Peter and John,
   who went down and prayed for them,
   that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
   for it had not yet fallen upon any of them;
   they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid hands on them
   and they received the Holy Spirit.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20

R. :

R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
   sing praise to the glory of his name;
   proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
   sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
   his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

He has changed the sea into dry land;
   through the river they passed on foot;
   therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
   what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
   my prayer or his kindness!

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
  or:
R. Alleluia.


Second Reading
1 Pt 3:15-18

Put to death in the flesh, Christ was raised to life in the Spirit.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter

Beloved:
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.
Always be ready to give an explanation
   to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
   but do it with gentleness and reverence,
   keeping your conscience clear,
   so that, when you are maligned,
   those who defame your good conduct in Christ
   may themselves be put to shame.
For it is better to suffer for doing good,
   if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.
For Christ also suffered for sins once,
   the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
   that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
   he was brought to life in the Spirit.

In those places where the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated next Sunday, the following Reading (from the Seventh Sunday of Easter) may be read in place of the above Reading:

1 Pt 4:13-16

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter

Beloved:
Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ,
   so that when his glory is revealed
   you may also rejoice exultantly.
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you,
   for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
But let no one among you be made to suffer
   as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as an intriguer.
But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed
   but glorify God because of the name.


Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
and my Father will love him and we will come to him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 14:15-21

I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
   and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
   the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
   because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
   and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
   but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
   and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
   is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
   and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

In those places where the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated next Sunday, the following Gospel (from the Seventh Sunday of Easter) may be read in place of the above Gospel:

Jn 17:1-11a

Father, glorify your Son.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
   just as you gave him authority over all people,
   so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
   that they should know you, the only true God,
   and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
  by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
   with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
   and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
   because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
   and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
   and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
   because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
   and everything of yours is mine,
   and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
   but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

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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