Sunday 23rd April 2017
The Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday
TODAY WE PRAY FOR
Readings for this Sunday
Lesson Acts 2.42-47
The new converts remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. The many miracles and signs worked through the apostles made a deep impression on everyone. The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed. They went as a body to the Temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.
Gradual Psalm 118.1-4,13-15,22-24
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : because his mercy endureth for ever.
Let Israel now confess that he is gracious : and that his mercy endureth for ever.
Yea, let them now that fear the Lord confess : that his mercy endureth for ever.
Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall : but the Lord was my help.
The Lord is my strength, and my song : and is become my salvation.
The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous : the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.
The same stone which the builders refused : is become the head-stone in the corner.
This is the Lord’s doing : and it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord hath made : we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time. This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you may for a short time have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials; so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will have been tested and proved like gold—only it is more precious than gold, which is corruptible even though it bears testing by fire—and then you will have praise and glory and honour. You did not see him, yet you loved him; and still without seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.
Gospel John 20.19-31
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’ Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord,’ he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Next Sunday's Readings
Acts 13:1-5; Psalm 89: 1-2, 5-6, 16-17; 1 Peter 5:5-14; Mark 16: 15-20
Our Regular Weekly Services
The Parish Church of St Mark
Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)
Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)
1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm (Prayer of the Rosary)
The District Church of St Saviour
Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)
The District Church of St Luke
Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)
Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)
The Chapel of St Aldhelm
Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)
And special services by announcement