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The Second Sunday of Easter -or- of Divine Mercy (B)

Liturgical Color: White [Note: On more solemn days, festive, that is, more precious, sacred vestments may be used, even if not the color of the day [GIRM #346-g]. The colors gold or silver may be worn on more solemn occasions [GIRM #346-h].

Themes: mercy, baptism, faith, community, praise, rejoicing

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk,
that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia. I Peter 2:2 [Roman Missal]

— or —

Receive the joy of your glory, giving thanks to God,
who has called you into the heavenly kingdom, alleluia. IV Ezra 2:36-37 [Roman Missal]

Quasi modo geniti infantes, alleluia: rationalbiles, sine dolo lac concupiscite, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Exsultate Deo adjutori nostro: jubilate Deo Jacob. [Graduale Romanum, p.216]

Quasi modo geniti infantes, alleluia: rationalbiles, sine dolo lac concupiscite, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Exsultate Deo adjutori nostro: jubilate Deo Jacob. [Gregorian Missal, p.355]

Choose an Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa I [Graduale simplex, pp.165-171]
Ego sum pastor bonus, qui pasco oves meas, et pro ovibus meis pono animam meam, alleluia. Psalm 23, verse 1-9

Collect:

God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,

in- crease, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,

by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been re- deemed.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 [They were of one heart and soul. /v.32]
  • Psalm 118:2-4 / 13-15 / 22-23 [R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. /v.1]
  • I John 5:1-6 [He who believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world. /v.4]
  • Gospel Verse: Jn 20:29 [You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!]
  • John 20:19-31 [After eight days Jesus came and stood in their midst. /v.26]

Offertory Antiphon:

The angel of the Lord descended from heaven. The angel spoke, addressing the women, "You are looking for Jesus, the crucified, but he is not here. He has been raised, exactly as he promised, alleluia. Matthew 28:2b, 5a, 6a **
Verses of Psalm 76 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Angelus Domini descendit de cælo, et dixit mulieribus: Quem quæritis, surrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia. [Graduale Romanum, p.217]

Angelus Domini descendit de cælo, et dixit mulieribus: Quem quæritis, surrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia [Gregorian Missal, p.357]
Also see Angelus Domini (Clark)

Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium from either of the two Masses for Eastertide. [Graduale simplex, pp.165-177]

Prayer over the Offerings:

Ac- cept, O Lord, we pray
the oblations of your people
and of those you have brought to new birth,

that, renewed by confession of your name and by Baptism,
they may attain unending hap-pi- ness.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface I of Easter: [The Paschal Mystery]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but on this day above all
to laud you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

For he is the true Lamb
who has taken away the sins of the world;
by dying he has destroyed our death,
and by rising, restored our life.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails,
and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia. John 20:27 [Roman Missal]

Mitte manum tuam, et cognosce loca clavorum, alleluia: et noli esse incredulus, sed fidelis, alleluia, alleluia. John 20:27 [Graduale Romanum, p.218]
Psalm 118:1,2,5,8,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24,25,26,28,29 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Mitte manum tuam, et cognosce loca clavorum, alleluia: et noli esse incredulus, sed fidelis, alleluia, alleluia. I Cor 5:7-8 [Gregorian Missal, p.358]

Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide. [Graduale simplex, pp.165-177]

Prayer after Communion:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that our reception of this paschal Sacra- ment,

may have a continuing effect
in our minds and hearts.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Solemn Blessing: [6. Easter Time]

May God, who by the Resurrection of his Only Begotten Son
was pleased to confer on you
the gift of redemption and of adoption,
give you gladness by his blessing.
Amen.

May he, by whose redeeming work
you have received the gift of everlasting freedom,
make you heirs to an eternal inheritance.
Amen.

And may you, who have already risen with Christ
in Baptism through faith,
by living in a right manner on this earth,
be united with him in the homeland of heaven.
Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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