Events in April 2024

  • St. Hugh

    St. Hugh

    All day
    April 1, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Monday in the Octave of Easter

    Lectionary: 261

    On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,
    raised his voice, and proclaimed:
    “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
    Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.

    “You who are children of Israel, hear these words.
    Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God
    with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
    which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
    This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
    you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
    But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
    because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
    For David says of him:

    I saw the Lord ever before me,
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
    my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
    because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
    nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
    You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.

    My brothers, one can confidently say to you
    about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
    and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
    But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
    that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
    he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
    that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
    nor did his flesh see corruption.
    God raised this Jesus;
    of this we are all witnesses.
    Exalted at the right hand of God,
    he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit
    that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”

    R.    (1)  Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
    O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
    Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
    R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R.    Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Sequence — optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
    fearful yet overjoyed,
    and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
    And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
    They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
    Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
    Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
    and there they will see me.”

    While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
    and told the chief priests all that had happened.
    The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
    then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
    telling them, “You are to say,
    ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’
    And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
    we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
    The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
    And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

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  • St. Francis of Paola

    St. Francis of Paola

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    April 2, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

    Lectionary: 262

    Reading 1

    On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
    “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
    that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
    this Jesus whom you crucified.”

    Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
    and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
    “What are we to do, my brothers?”
    Peter said to them,
    “Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
    in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
    and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    For the promise is made to you and to your children
    and to all those far off,
    whomever the Lord our God will call.”
    He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
    “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
    Those who accepted his message were baptized,
    and about three thousand persons were added that day.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (5b)  The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Upright is the word of the LORD,
    and all his works are trustworthy.
    He loves justice and right;
    of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
    R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
    To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
    R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Our soul waits for the LORD,
    who is our help and our shield.
    May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
    who have put our hope in you.
    R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Sequence – optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Mary Magdalene 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 went and announced to the disciples,
    “I have seen the Lord,”
    and then reported what he had told her.

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  • St. Benedict the African

    St. Benedict the African

    All day
    April 3, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

    Lectionary: 263

    Reading 1

    Peter and John were going up to the temple area
    for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
    And a man crippled from birth was carried
    and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day
    to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
    When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
    he asked for alms.
    But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
    and said, “Look at us.”
    He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
    Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
    but what I do have I give you:
    in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
    Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
    and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
    He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
    and went into the temple with them,
    walking and jumping and praising God.
    When all the people saw him walking and praising God,
    they recognized him as the one
    who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
    and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
    at what had happened to him.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (3b) Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
    make known among the nations his deeds.
    Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
    R.    Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Glory in his holy name;
    rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    R.    Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R.    Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generationsB
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R.    Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Sequence — optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    That very day, the first day of the week,
    two of Jesus’ disciples were going
    to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
    and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
    And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
    Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
    but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
    He asked them,
    “What are you discussing as you walk along?”
    They stopped, looking downcast.
    One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
    “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
    who does not know of the things
    that have taken place there in these days?”
    And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
    They said to him,
    “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
    who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
    before God and all the people,
    how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
    to a sentence of death and crucified him.
    But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
    and besides all this,
    it is now the third day since this took place.
    Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
    they were at the tomb early in the morning
    and did not find his Body;
    they came back and reported
    that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
    who announced that he was alive.
    Then some of those with us went to the tomb
    and found things just as the women had described,
    but him they did not see.”
    And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
    How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
    Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
    and enter into his glory?”
    Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
    he interpreted to them what referred to him
    in all the Scriptures.
    As they approached the village to which they were going,
    he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
    But they urged him, “Stay with us,
    for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
    So he went in to stay with them.
    And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
    he took bread, said the blessing,
    broke it, and gave it to them.
    With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
    but he vanished from their sight.
    Then they said to each other,
    “Were not our hearts burning within us
    while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
    So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
    where they found gathered together
    the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
    “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
    Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
    and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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  • St. Isidore of Seville

    St. Isidore of Seville

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    April 4, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Thursday in the Octave of Easter

    Lectionary: 264

    Reading 1

    As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,
    all the people hurried in amazement toward them
    in the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.”
    When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,
    “You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,
    and why do you look so intently at us
    as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?
    The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
    the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus
    whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence,
    when he had decided to release him.
    You denied the Holy and Righteous One
    and asked that a murderer be released to you.
    The author of life you put to death,
    but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
    And by faith in his name,
    this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong,
    and the faith that comes through it
    has given him this perfect health,
    in the presence of all of you.
    Now I know, brothers and sisters,
    that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
    but God has thus brought to fulfillment
    what he had announced beforehand
    through the mouth of all the prophets,
    that his Christ would suffer.
    Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away,
    and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment
    and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus,
    whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration
    of which God spoke through the mouth
    of his holy prophets from of old.
    For Moses said:

    A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you
    from among your own kin;
    to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you.
    Everyone who does not listen to that prophet
    will be cut off from the people.

    “Moreover, all the prophets who spoke,
    from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days.
    You are the children of the prophets
    and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors
    when he said to Abraham,
    In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
    For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you
    by turning each of you from your evil ways.”

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (2ab)  O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    O LORD, our Lord,
    how glorious is your name over all the earth!
    What is man that you should be mindful of him,
    or the son of man that you should care for him?
    R.    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    You have made him little less than the angels,
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
    You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
    putting all things under his feet.
    R.    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    All sheep and oxen,
    yes, and the beasts of the field,
    The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
    and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
    R.    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Sequence — optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
    and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

    While they were still speaking about this,
    he stood in their midst and said to them,
    “Peace be with you.”
    But they were startled and terrified
    and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
    Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
    And why do questions arise in your hearts?
    Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
    Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
    as you can see I have.”
    And as he said this,
    he showed them his hands and his feet.
    While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
    he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
    They gave him a piece of baked fish;
    he took it and ate it in front of them.

    He said to them,
    “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
    that everything written about me in the law of Moses
    and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
    Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
    And he said to them,
    “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
    and rise from the dead on the third day
    and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
    would be preached in his name
    to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
    You are witnesses of these things.”

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  • St. Vincent Ferrer

    St. Vincent Ferrer

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    April 5, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Friday in the Octave of Easter

    Lectionary: 265

    Reading 1

    After the crippled man had been cured,
    while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,
    the priests, the captain of the temple guard,
    and the Sadducees confronted them,
    disturbed that they were teaching the people
    and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
    They laid hands on Peter and John
    and put them in custody until the next day,
    since it was already evening.
    But many of those who heard the word came to believe
    and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

    On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes
    were assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest,
    Caiaphas, John, Alexander,
    and all who were of the high-priestly class.
    They brought them into their presence and questioned them,
    “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them,
    “Leaders of the people and elders:
    If we are being examined today
    about a good deed done to a cripple,
    namely, by what means he was saved,
    then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
    that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
    whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
    in his name this man stands before you healed.
    He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
    which has become the cornerstone.

    There is no salvation through anyone else,
    nor is there any other name under heaven
    given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

    R.    (22)  The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever.
    Let the house of Israel say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    Let those who fear the LORD say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    R.    The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done;
    it is wonderful in our eyes.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R.    The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    O LORD, grant salvation!
    O LORD, grant prosperity!
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
    we bless you from the house of the LORD.
    The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
    R.    The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Sequence — optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Ps

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
    He revealed himself in this way.
    Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
    Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
    Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
    Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
    They said to him, “We also will come with you.”
    So they went out and got into the boat,
    but that night they caught nothing.
    When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
    but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
    Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
    They answered him, “No.”
    So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat
    and you will find something.”
    So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
    because of the number of fish.
    So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”
    When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
    he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
    and jumped into the sea.
    The other disciples came in the boat,
    for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
    dragging the net with the fish.
    When they climbed out on shore,
    they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
    Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
    So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
    full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
    Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
    Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
    And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”
    because they realized it was the Lord.
    Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
    and in like manner the fish.
    This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
    after being raised from the dead.

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  • St. Crescentia Hoess

    St. Crescentia Hoess

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    April 6, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Saturday in the Octave of Easter

    Lectionary: 266

    Reading 1

    Observing the boldness of Peter and John
    and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
    the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
    and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
    Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
    they could say nothing in reply.
    So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
    and conferred with one another, saying,
    “What are we to do with these men?
    Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
    was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
    But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
    let us give them a stern warning
    never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

    So they called them back
    and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
    Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
    “Whether it is right in the sight of God
    for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
    It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
    After threatening them further,
    they released them,
    finding no way to punish them,
    on account of the people who were all praising God
    for what had happened.

    R.    (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    The joyful shout of victory
    in the tents of the just.
    R.    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    “The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
    the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”
    I shall not die, but live,
    and declare the works of the LORD.
    Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
    yet he has not delivered me to death.
    R.    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Open to me the gates of justice;
    I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
    This is the gate of the LORD;
    the just shall enter it.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
    and have been my savior.
    R.    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Sequence — optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
    he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
    out of whom he had driven seven demons.
    She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
    When they heard that he was alive
    and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

    After this he appeared in another form
    to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
    They returned and told the others;
    but they did not believe them either.

    But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
    and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
    because they had not believed those
    who saw him after he had been raised.
    He said to them, “Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

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  • Divine Mercy Sunday

    Divine Mercy Sunday

    All day
    April 7, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Second Sunday of Easter
    Sunday of Divine Mercy

    Lectionary: 44

    Reading 1

    The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
    and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
    but they had everything in common.
    With great power the apostles bore witness
    to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
    and great favor was accorded them all.
    There was no needy person among them,
    for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
    bring the proceeds of the sale,
    and put them at the feet of the apostles,
    and they were distributed to each according to need.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the house of Israel say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    Let those who fear the LORD say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I was hard pressed and was falling,
    but the LORD helped me.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    The joyful shout of victory
    in the tents of the just:
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done;
    it is wonderful in our eyes.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2

    Beloved:
    Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
    and everyone who loves the Father
    loves also the one begotten by him.
    In this way we know that we love the children of God
    when we love God and obey his commandments.
    For the love of God is this,
    that we keep his commandments.
    And his commandments are not burdensome,
    for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
    And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
    Who indeed is the victor over the world
    but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
    not by water alone, but by water and blood.
    The Spirit is the one that testifies,
    and the Spirit is truth.

    Sequence — optional

    Victimae paschali laudes

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim
    Offer your thankful praises!
    A Lamb the sheep redeems;
    Christ, who only is sinless,
    Reconciles sinners to the Father.
    Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
    The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
    Speak, Mary, declaring
    What you saw, wayfaring.
    “The tomb of Christ, who is living,
    The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
    bright angels attesting,
    The shroud and napkin resting.
    Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
    to Galilee he goes before you.”
    Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
    Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
    Amen. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
    Blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    On the evening of that first day of the week,
    when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
    for fear of the Jews,
    Jesus came and stood in their midst
    and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
    When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
    The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
    Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
    As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
    And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
    “Receive the Holy Spirit.
    Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
    and whose sins you retain are retained.”Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
    was not with them when Jesus came.
    So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
    But he said to them,
    “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
    and put my finger into the nailmarks
    and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”Now a week later his disciples were again inside
    and Thomas was with them.
    Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
    and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
    Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
    and bring your hand and put it into my side,
    and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
    Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
    Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
    Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
    that are not written in this book.
    But these are written that you may come to believe
    that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
    and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

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  • St. Julie Billiart

    St. Julie Billiart

    All day
    April 8, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

    Lectionary: 545

    The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
    Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
    let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
    But Ahaz answered,
    “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
    Then Isaiah said:
    Listen, O house of David!
    Is it not enough for you to weary people,
    must you also weary my God?
    Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
    the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
    and shall name him Emmanuel,
    which means “God is with us!”

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (8a and 9a)  Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
    Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
    but ears open to obedience you gave me.
    Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
    then said I, “Behold I come.”
    R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
    “In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
    To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
    and your law is within my heart!”
    R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
    I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
    I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
    R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
    Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
    your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
    I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
    in the vast assembly.
    R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

    Reading 2

    Brothers and sisters:
    It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
    take away sins.
    For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said:

    “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
    in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
    Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
    behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

    First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
    holocausts and sin offerings,
    you neither desired nor delighted in.”
    These are offered according to the law.
    Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”
    He takes away the first to establish the second.
    By this “will,” we have been consecrated
    through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
    and we saw his glory.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    The angel Gabriel was sent from God
    to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
    to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
    of the house of David,
    and the virgin’s name was Mary.
    And coming to her, he said,
    “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
    But she was greatly troubled at what was said
    and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
    Then the angel said to her,
    “Do not be afraid, Mary,
    for you have found favor with God.
    Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
    and you shall name him Jesus.
    He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
    and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
    and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
    and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
    But Mary said to the angel,
    “How can this be,
    since I have no relations with a man?”
    And the angel said to her in reply,
    “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
    and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
    Therefore the child to be born
    will be called holy, the Son of God.
    And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
    has also conceived a son in her old age,
    and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
    for nothing will be impossible for God.”
    Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
    May it be done to me according to your word.”
    Then the angel departed from her.

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  • St. Casilda

    St. Casilda

    All day
    April 9, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 268

    Reading 1

    The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
    and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
    but they had everything in common.
    With great power the Apostles bore witness
    to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
    and great favor was accorded them all.
    There was no needy person among them,
    for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
    bring the proceeds of the sale,
    and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
    and they were distributed to each according to need.Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
    (which is translated “son of encouragement”),
    a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
    sold a piece of property that he owned,
    then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (1a) The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
    robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
    R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    And he has made the world firm,
    not to be moved.
    Your throne stands firm from of old;
    from everlasting you are, O LORD.
    R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
    holiness befits your house,
    O LORD, for length of days.
    R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Son of Man must be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him
    may have eternal life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus said to Nicodemus:
    “‘You must be born from above.’
    The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
    but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
    so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
    Nicodemus answered and said to him,
    ‘How can this happen?”
    Jesus answered and said to him,
    “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
    but you people do not accept our testimony.
    If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
    how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
    No one has gone up to heaven
    except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
    so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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  • St. Magdalen of Canossa

    St. Magdalen of Canossa

    All day
    April 10, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 269

    Reading 1

    The high priest rose up and all his companions,
    that is, the party of the Sadducees,
    and, filled with jealousy,
    laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.
    But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,
    led them out, and said,
    “Go and take your place in the temple area,
    and tell the people everything about this life.”
    When they heard this,
    they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.
    When the high priest and his companions arrived,
    they convened the Sanhedrin,
    the full senate of the children of Israel,
    and sent to the jail to have them brought in.
    But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison,
    so they came back and reported,
    “We found the jail securely locked
    and the guards stationed outside the doors,
    but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”
    When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report,
    they were at a loss about them,
    as to what this would come to.
    Then someone came in and reported to them,
    “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area
    and are teaching the people.”
    Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them,
    but without force,
    because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Glorify the LORD with me,
    let us together extol his name.
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
    R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
    and your faces may not blush with shame.
    When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him.
    R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God so love the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
    but might have eternal life.
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but that the world might be saved through him.
    Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
    but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
    because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
    And this is the verdict,
    that the light came into the world,
    but people preferred darkness to light,
    because their works were evil.
    For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
    and does not come toward the light,
    so that his works might not be exposed.
    But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
    so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

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  • St. Stanislaus of Cracow

    St. Stanislaus of Cracow

    All day
    April 11, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

    Lectionary: 270

    Reading 1

    When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
    and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
    the high priest questioned them,
    “We gave you strict orders did we not,
    to stop teaching in that name.
    Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
    and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
    But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
    “We must obey God rather than men.
    The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
    though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
    God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
    to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
    We are witnesses of these things,
    as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”When they heard this,
    they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD confronts the evildoers,
    to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
    When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
    and from all their distress he rescues them.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
    and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
    Many are the troubles of the just man,
    but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
    blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The one who comes from above is above all.
    The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
    But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
    He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
    but no one accepts his testimony.
    Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
    For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
    He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
    The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
    but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
    but the wrath of God remains upon him.

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  • St. Gregory of Narek

    St. Gregory of Narek

    All day
    April 12, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Friday of the Second Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 271

    Reading 1

    A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
    a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
    stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
    and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
    be careful what you are about to do to these men.
    Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
    and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
    and all those who were loyal to him
    were disbanded and came to nothing.
    After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
    He also drew people after him,
    but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
    So now I tell you,
    have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
    For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
    it will destroy itself.
    But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
    you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
    They were persuaded by him.
    After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
    ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
    and dismissed them.
    So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
    rejoicing that they had been found worthy
    to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
    And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
    they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (see 4abc) One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
    The LORD is my life’s refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?
    R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    One thing I ask of the LORD
    this I seek:
    To dwell in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
    and contemplate his temple.
    R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD with courage;
    be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
    R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel

    Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
    A large crowd followed him,
    because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
    Jesus went up on the mountain,
    and there he sat down with his disciples.
    The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
    When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
    he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
    He said this to test him,
    because he himself knew what he was going to do.
    Philip answered him,
    “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
    for each of them to have a little.”
    One of his disciples,
    Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
    “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
    but what good are these for so many?”
    Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
    Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
    So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
    Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
    and distributed them to those who were reclining,
    and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
    When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
    “Gather the fragments left over,
    so that nothing will be wasted.”
    So they collected them,
    and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
    from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
    When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
    “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
    Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
    to make him king,
    he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

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  • St. Martin I

    St. Martin I

    All day
    April 13, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 272

    Reading 1

    As the number of disciples continued to grow,
    the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
    because their widows
    were being neglected in the daily distribution.
    So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
    “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
    Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
    filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
    whom we shall appoint to this task,
    whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
    and to the ministry of the word.”
    The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
    so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
    also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
    and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
    They presented these men to the Apostles
    who prayed and laid hands on them.
    The word of God continued to spread,
    and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
    even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Exult, you just, in the LORD;
    praise from the upright is fitting.
    Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
    with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Upright is the word of the LORD,
    and all his works are trustworthy.
    He loves justice and right;
    of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
    To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ is risen, who made all things;
    he has shown mercy on all people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
    embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
    It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
    The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
    When they had rowed about three or four miles,
    they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
    and they began to be afraid.
    But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
    They wanted to take him into the boat,
    but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
    to which they were heading.

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  • Bl. Peter Gonzalez

    Bl. Peter Gonzalez

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    April 14, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Third Sunday of Easter

    Lectionary: 47

    Peter said to the people:
    “The God of Abraham,
    the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
    the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,
    whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence
    when he had decided to release him.
    You denied the Holy and Righteous One
    and asked that a murderer be released to you.
    The author of life you put to death,
    but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
    Now I know, brothers,
    that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
    but God has thus brought to fulfillment
    what he had announced beforehand
    through the mouth of all the prophets,
    that his Christ would suffer.
    Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    When I call, answer me, O my just God,
    you who relieve me when I am in distress;
    have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
    the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
    You put gladness into my heart.
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,
    for you alone, O LORD,
    bring security to my dwelling.
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2

    My children, I am writing this to you
    so that you may not commit sin.
    But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
    Jesus Christ the righteous one.
    He is expiation for our sins,
    and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
    The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep
    his commandments.
    Those who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments
    are liars, and the truth is not in them.
    But whoever keeps his word,
    the love of God is truly perfected in him.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
    make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
    and how Jesus was made known to them
    in the breaking of bread.While they were still speaking about this,
    he stood in their midst and said to them,
    “Peace be with you.”
    But they were startled and terrified
    and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
    Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
    And why do questions arise in your hearts?
    Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
    Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
    as you can see I have.”
    And as he said this,
    he showed them his hands and his feet.
    While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
    he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
    They gave him a piece of baked fish;
    he took it and ate it in front of them.

    He said to them,
    “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
    that everything written about me in the law of Moses
    and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
    Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
    And he said to them,
    “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
    and rise from the dead on the third day
    and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
    would be preached in his name
    to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
    You are witnesses of these things.”

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  • Bl. Caesar de Bus

    Bl. Caesar de Bus

    All day
    April 15, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Monday of the Third Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 273

    Reading 1

    Stephen, filled with grace and power,
    was working great wonders and signs among the people.
    Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
    Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
    and people from Cilicia and Asia,
    came forward and debated with Stephen,
    but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
    Then they instigated some men to say,
    “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
    against Moses and God.”
    They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
    accosted him, seized him,
    and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
    They presented false witnesses who testified,
    “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
    For we have heard him claim
    that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
    and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
    All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
    and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (1ab)  Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Though princes meet and talk against me,
    your servant meditates on your statutes.
    Yes, your decrees are my delight;
    they are my counselors.
    R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    I declared my ways, and you answered me;
    teach me your statutes.
    Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
    R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Remove from me the way of falsehood,
    and favor me with your law.
    The way of truth I have chosen;
    I have set your ordinances before me.
    R.    Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    One does not live on bread alone
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    [After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
    The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
    saw that there had been only one boat there,
    and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
    but only his disciples had left.
    Other boats came from Tiberias
    near the place where they had eaten the bread
    when the Lord gave thanks.
    When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
    they themselves got into boats
    and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
    And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
    “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
    Jesus answered them and said,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
    not because you saw signs
    but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
    Do not work for food that perishes
    but for the food that endures for eternal life,
    which the Son of Man will give you.
    For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
    So they said to him,
    “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
    Jesus answered and said to them,
    “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

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  • St. Bernadette Soubirous

    St. Bernadette Soubirous

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    April 16, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 274

    Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
    “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
    you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
    you are just like your ancestors.
    Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
    They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
    whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
    You received the law as transmitted by angels,
    but you did not observe it.”When they heard this, they were infuriated,
    and they ground their teeth at him.
    But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
    looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
    and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
    and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
    and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    But they cried out in a loud voice,
    covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
    They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
    The witnesses laid down their cloaks
    at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
    “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
    Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
    “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
    and when he said this, he fell asleep.

    Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

    R. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety.
    You are my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit;
    you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
    My trust is in the LORD;
    I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your kindness.
    You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plottings of men.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the bread of life, says the Lord;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The crowd said to Jesus:
    “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
    What can you do?
    Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

    So Jesus said to them,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
    my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
    For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
    and gives life to the world.”

    So they said to Jesus,
    “Sir, give us this bread always.”
    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger,
    and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

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  • St. Benedict Joseph Labre

    St. Benedict Joseph Labre

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    April 17, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 275

    Reading 1

    There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
    and all were scattered
    throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
    except the Apostles.
    Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
    Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
    entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
    he handed them over for imprisonment.Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
    Thus 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 and crippled people were cured.
    There was great joy in that city.

    Responsorial Psalm

    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.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
    and I shall raise him on the last day, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus said to the crowds,
    “I am the bread of life;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger,
    and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
    But I told you that although you have seen me,
    you do not believe.
    Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
    and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
    because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
    but the will of the one who sent me.
    And this is the will of the one who sent me,
    that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
    but that I should raise it on the last day.
    For this is the will of my Father,
    that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
    may have eternal life,
    and I shall raise him on the last day.”

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  • Bl. James Oldo

    Bl. James Oldo

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    April 18, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 276

    Reading 1

    The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
    “Get up and head south on the road
    that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”
    So he got up and set out.
    Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
    a court official of the Candace,
    that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
    in charge of her entire treasury,
    who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
    Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
    The Spirit said to Philip,
    “Go and join up with that chariot.”
    Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
    “Do you understand what you are reading?”
    He replied,
    “How can I, unless someone instructs me?”
    So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
    This was the Scripture passage he was reading:Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
    In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who will tell of his posterity?
    For his life is taken from the earth.

    Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
    “I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
    About himself, or about someone else?”
    Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
    he proclaimed Jesus to him.
    As they traveled along the road
    they came to some water,
    and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
    What is to prevent my being baptized?”
    Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
    and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
    and he baptized him.
    When they came out of the water,
    the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
    and the eunuch saw him no more,
    but continued on his way rejoicing.
    Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
    to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Bless our God, you peoples,
    loudly sound his praise;
    He has given life to our souls,
    and has not let our feet slip.
    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.
    When I appealed to him in words,
    praise was on the tip of my tongue.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
    says the Lord;
    whoever eats this bread will live forever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus said to the crowds:
    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
    and I will raise him on the last day.
    It is written in the prophets:They shall all be taught by God.

    Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
    Not that anyone has seen the Father
    except the one who is from God;
    he has seen the Father.
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever believes has eternal life.
    I am the bread of life.
    Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
    this is the bread that comes down from heaven
    so that one may eat it and not die.
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
    whoever eats this bread will live forever;
    and the bread that I will give
    is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

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  • St. Gianna Beretta Mola

    St. Gianna Beretta Mola

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    April 19, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Friday of the Third Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 277

    Reading 1

    Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
    went to the high priest and asked him
    for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
    if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
    he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
    On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
    a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
    He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
    “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
    He said, “Who are you, sir?”
    The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
    Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
    The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
    for they heard the voice but could see no one.
    Saul got up from the ground,
    but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
    so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
    For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

    There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
    and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”
    He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
    The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight
    and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
    He is there praying,
    and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
    come in and lay his hands on him,
    that he may regain his sight.”
    But Ananias replied,
    “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
    what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
    And here he has authority from the chief priests
    to imprison all who call upon your name.”
    But the Lord said to him,
    “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
    to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
    and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”
    So Ananias went and entered the house;
    laying his hands on him, he said,
    “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
    Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
    that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
    Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
    and he regained his sight.
    He got up and was baptized,
    and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

    He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
    and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
    that he is the Son of God.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood,
    remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
    “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
    Jesus said to them,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
    you do not have life within you.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
    has eternal life,
    and I will raise him on the last day.
    For my Flesh is true food,
    and my Blood is true drink.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
    remains in me and I in him.
    Just as the living Father sent me
    and I have life because of the Father,
    so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
    This is the bread that came down from heaven.
    Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
    whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
    These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

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  • St. Conrad of Parzham

    St. Conrad of Parzham

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    April 20, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 278

    Reading 1

    The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria
    was at peace.
    She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
    and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers.As Peter was passing through every region,
    he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda.
    There he found a man named Aeneas,
    who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed.
    Peter said to him,
    “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.”
    He got up at once.
    And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him,
    and they turned to the Lord.

    Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha
    (which translated is Dorcas).
    She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving.
    Now during those days she fell sick and died,
    so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs.
    Since Lydda was near Joppa,
    the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
    sent two men to him with the request,
    “Please come to us without delay.”
    So Peter got up and went with them.
    When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs
    where all the widows came to him weeping
    and showing him the tunics and cloaks
    that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
    Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed.
    Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.”
    She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
    He gave her his hand and raised her up,
    and when he had called the holy ones and the widows,
    he presented her alive.
    This became known all over Joppa,
    and many came to believe in the Lord.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (12) How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
    The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
    Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    O LORD, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
    To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia See

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
    you have the words of everlasting life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said,
    “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
    Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
    he said to them, “Does this shock you?
    What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
    It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
    The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
    But there are some of you who do not believe.”
    Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
    and the one who would betray him.
    And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
    unless it is granted him by my Father.”As a result of this,
    many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
    and no longer walked with him.
    Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
    Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
    You have the words of eternal life.
    We have come to believe
    and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

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  • St. Anselm

    St. Anselm

    All day
    April 21, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Lectionary: 50

    Reading 1

    Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:
    “Leaders of the people and elders:
    If we are being examined today
    about a good deed done to a cripple,
    namely, by what means he was saved,
    then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
    that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
    whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
    in his name this man stands before you healed.
    He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
    which has become the cornerstone.

    There is no salvation through anyone else,
    nor is there any other name under heaven
    given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
    R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever.
    It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in man.
    It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in princes.
    R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
    and have been my savior.
    The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done;
    it is wonderful in our eyes.
    R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
    we bless you from the house of the LORD.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
    and have been my savior.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his kindness endures forever.
    R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2

    Beloved:
    See what love the Father has bestowed on us
    that we may be called the children of God.
    Yet so we are.
    The reason the world does not know us
    is that it did not know him.
    Beloved, we are God’s children now;
    what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
    We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
    for we shall see him as he is.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
    I know my sheep, and mine know me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus said:
    “I am the good shepherd.
    A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
    A hired man, who is not a shepherd
    and whose sheep are not his own,
    sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
    and the wolf catches and scatters them.
    This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
    I am the good shepherd,
    and I know mine and mine know me,
    just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
    and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
    I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
    These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
    and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
    This is why the Father loves me,
    because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
    No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
    I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
    This command I have received from my Father.”

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  • St. Adalbert of Prague

    St. Adalbert of Prague

    All day
    April 22, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 279

    Reading 1

    The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea
    heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God.
    So when Peter went up to Jerusalem
    the circumcised believers confronted him, saying,
    ‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”
    Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,
    “I was at prayer in the city of Joppa
    when in a trance I had a vision,
    something resembling a large sheet coming down,
    lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me.
    Looking intently into it,
    I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth,
    the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.
    I also heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.’
    But I said, ‘Certainly not, sir,
    because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
    But a second time a voice from heaven answered,
    ‘What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.’
    This happened three times,
    and then everything was drawn up again into the sky.
    Just then three men appeared at the house where we were,
    who had been sent to me from Caesarea.
    The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating.
    These six brothers also went with me,
    and we entered the man’s house.
    He related to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying,
    ‘Send someone to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter,
    who will speak words to you
    by which you and all your household will be saved.’
    As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them
    as it had upon us at the beginning,
    and I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said,
    ‘John baptized with water
    but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
    If then God gave them the same gift he gave to us
    when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,
    who was I to be able to hinder God?”
    When they heard this,
    they stopped objecting and glorified God, saying,
    “God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.”

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (see 3a) Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    As the hind longs for the running waters,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
    Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
    When shall I go and behold the face of God?
    R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Send forth your light and your fidelity;
    they shall lead me on
    And bring me to your holy mountain,
    to your dwelling-place.
    R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Then will I go in to the altar of God,
    the God of my gladness and joy;
    Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
    O God, my God!
    R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
    I know my sheep, and mine know me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus said:
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
    but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
    But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
    The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
    as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
    When he has driven out all his own,
    he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
    because they recognize his voice.
    But they will not follow a stranger;
    they will run away from him,
    because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
    Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
    they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    I am the gate for the sheep.
    All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
    but the sheep did not listen to them.
    I am the gate.
    Whoever enters through me will be saved,
    and will come in and go out and find pasture.
    A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
    I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

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  • St. George

    St. George

    All day
    April 23, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 280

    Reading 1

    Those who had been scattered by the persecution
    that arose because of Stephen
    went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,
    preaching the word to no one but Jews.
    There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,
    who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,
    proclaiming the Lord Jesus.
    The hand of the Lord was with them
    and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
    The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
    and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
    When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
    he rejoiced and encouraged them all
    to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
    for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
    And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
    Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
    and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
    For a whole year they met with the Church
    and taught a large number of people,
    and it was in Antioch that the disciples
    were first called Christians.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (117:1a)  All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    His foundation upon the holy mountains
    the LORD loves:
    The gates of Zion,
    more than any dwelling of Jacob.
    Glorious things are said of you,
    O city of God!
    R.    All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    I tell of Egypt and Babylon
    among those who know the LORD;
    Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
    “This man was born there.”
    And of Zion they shall say:
    “One and all were born in her;
    And he who has established her
    is the Most High LORD.”
    R.    All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
    “This man was born there.”
    And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
    “My home is within you.”
    R.    All you nations, praise the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem.
    It was winter.
    And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
    So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
    “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?
    If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
    Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.
    The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
    But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
    My sheep hear my voice;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
    No one can take them out of my hand.
    My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
    and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
    The Father and I are one.”

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  • St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

    St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

    All day
    April 24, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 281

    The word of God continued to spread and grow.

    After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,
    they returned to Jerusalem,
    taking with them John, who is called Mark.

    Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
    Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,
    Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
    While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
    “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
    for the work to which I have called them.”
    Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
    they laid hands on them and sent them off.

    So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
    went down to Seleucia
    and from there sailed to Cyprus.
    When they arrived in Salamis,
    they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.        (4)  O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.
    May God have pity on us and bless us;
    may he let his face shine upon us.
    So may your way be known upon earth;
    among all nations, your salvation.
    R.        O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.
    May the nations be glad and exult
    because you rule the peoples in equity;
    the nations on the earth you guide.
    R.        O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.
    May the peoples praise you, O God;
    may all the peoples praise you!
    May God bless us,
    and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
    R.        O God, let all the nations praise you!
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Jesus cried out and said,
    “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
    but also in the one who sent me,
    and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
    I came into the world as light,
    so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
    And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
    I do not condemn him,
    for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
    Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
    has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
    it will condemn him on the last day,
    because I did not speak on my own,
    but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
    And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
    So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

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  • St. Mark

    St. Mark

    All day
    April 25, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

    Lectionary: 555

    Reading 1

    Beloved:
    Clothe yourselves with humility
    in your dealings with one another, for:

    God opposes the proud
    but bestows favor on the humble.

    So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
    that he may exalt you in due time.
    Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

    Be sober and vigilant.
    Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
    looking for someone to devour.
    Resist him, steadfast in faith,
    knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
    undergo the same sufferings.
    The God of all grace
    who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
    will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
    after you have suffered a little.
    To him be dominion forever.  Amen.

    I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
    whom I consider a faithful brother,
    exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
    Remain firm in it.
    The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
    Greet one another with a loving kiss.
    Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
    through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
    For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
    in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
    R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
    and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
    For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
    Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?
    R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
    in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
    At your name they rejoice all the day,
    and through your justice they are exalted.
    R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We proclaim Christ crucified;
    he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
    “Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

    Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
    was taken up into heaven
    and took his seat at the right hand of God.
    But they went forth and preached everywhere,
    while the Lord worked with them
    and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

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  • St. Pedro de San Jose Betancur

    St. Pedro de San Jose Betancur

    All day
    April 26, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 283

    Reading I

    When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
    “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
    and those others among you who are God-fearing,
    to us this word of salvation has been sent.
    The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
    and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
    that are read sabbath after sabbath.
    For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
    they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
    and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
    they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.
    But God raised him from the dead,
    and for many days he appeared to those
    who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.
    These are now his witnesses before the people.
    We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
    that what God promised our fathers
    he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
    as it is written in the second psalm,
         You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.        (7bc)  You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.
    “I myself have set up my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”
    I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
    The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    this day I have begotten you.”
    R.        You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.
    “Ask of me and I will give you
    the nations for an inheritance
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.
    You shall rule them with an iron rod;
    you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
    R.        You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.
    And now, O kings, give heed;
    take warning, you rulers of the earth.
    Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
    with trembling rejoice.
    R.        You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
    or:
    R.        Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
    You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
    In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
    If there were not,
    would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
    And if I go and prepare a place for you,
    I will come back again and take you to myself,
    so that where I am you also may be.
    Where I am going you know the way.”
    Thomas said to him,
    “Master, we do not know where you are going;
    how can we know the way?”
    Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
    No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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  • St. Zita

    St. Zita

    All day
    April 27, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 284

    Reading 1

    On the following sabbath
    almost the whole city
    gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
    When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
    and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.
    Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
    “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
    but since you reject it
    and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
    we now turn to the Gentiles.
    For so the Lord has commanded us,
    I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
    that you may be an instrument of salvation
    to the ends of the earth.”

    The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
    and glorified the word of the Lord.
    All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
    and the word of the Lord continued to spread
    through the whole region.
    The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
    and the leading men of the city,
    stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
    and expelled them from their territory.
    So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them
    and went to Iconium.
    The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.    (3cd)  All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
    and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
    From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
    Philip said to Jesus,
    “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
    Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
    and you still do not know me, Philip?
    Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
    How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
    Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
    The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
    The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
    Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
    or else, believe because of the works themselves.
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
    and will do greater ones than these,
    because I am going to the Father.
    And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
    so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

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  • St. Louis de Montfort

    St. Louis de Montfort

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    April 28, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Lectionary: 53

    Reading 1

    When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples,
    but they were all afraid of him,
    not believing that he was a disciple.
    Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles,
    and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord,
    and that he had spoken to him,
    and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.
    He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem,
    and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.
    He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists,
    but they tried to kill him.
    And when the brothers learned of this,
    they took him down to Caesarea
    and sent him on his way to Tarsus.The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.
    It was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
    and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (26a) I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will fulfill my vows before those who fear the LORD.
    The lowly shall eat their fill;
    they who seek the LORD shall praise him:
    “May your hearts live forever!”
    R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All the ends of the earth
    shall remember and turn to the LORD;
    all the families of the nations
    shall bow down before him.
    R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    To him alone shall bow down
    all who sleep in the earth;
    before him shall bend
    all who go down into the dust.
    R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    And to him my soul shall live;
    my descendants shall serve him.
    Let the coming generation be told of the LORD
    that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
    the justice he has shown.
    R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2

    Children, let us love not in word or speech
    but in deed and truth.
    Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
    and reassure our hearts before him
    in whatever our hearts condemn,
    for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
    Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
    we have confidence in God
    and receive from him whatever we ask,
    because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
    And his commandment is this:
    we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
    and love one another just as he commanded us.
    Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
    and the way we know that he remains in us
    is from the Spirit he gave us.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord.
    Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
    He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
    and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
    You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
    Remain in me, as I remain in you.
    Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
    unless it remains on the vine,
    so neither can you unless you remain in me.
    I am the vine, you are the branches.
    Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
    because without me you can do nothing.
    Anyone who does not remain in me
    will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
    people will gather them and throw them into a fire
    and they will be burned.
    If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
    ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
    By this is my Father glorified,
    that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

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  • St. Catherine of Siena

    St. Catherine of Siena

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    April 29, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

    Lectionary: 285

    Reading 1

    There was an attempt in Iconium
    by both the Gentiles and the Jews,
    together with their leaders,
    to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.
    They realized it,
    and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe
    and to the surrounding countryside,
    where they continued to proclaim the Good News.At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,
    who had never walked.
    He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,
    saw that he had the faith to be healed,
    and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.”
    He jumped up and began to walk about.
    When the crowds saw what Paul had done,
    they cried out in Lycaonian,
    “The gods have come down to us in human form.”
    They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,”
    because he was the chief speaker.
    And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city,
    brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
    for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

    The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments
    when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,
    “Men, why are you doing this?
    We are of the same nature as you, human beings.
    We proclaim to you good news
    that you should turn from these idols to the living God,
    who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.
    In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways;
    yet, in bestowing his goodness,
    he did not leave himself without witness,
    for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
    and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.”
    Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds
    from offering sacrifice to them.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R. (1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Not to us, O LORD, not to us
    but to your name give glory
    because of your mercy, because of your truth.
    Why should the pagans say,
    “Where is their God?”
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Our God is in heaven;
    whatever he wills, he does.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
    the handiwork of men.
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May you be blessed by the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    Heaven is the heaven of the LORD,
    but the earth he has given to the children of men.
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
    and remind you of all I told you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Whoever has my commandments and observes them
    is the one who loves me.
    Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
    and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
    Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
    “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
    and not to the world?”
    Jesus answered and said to him,
    “Whoever loves me will keep my word,
    and my Father will love him,
    and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
    Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
    yet the word you hear is not mine
    but that of the Father who sent me.”I have told you this while I am with you.
    The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
    whom the Father will send in my name —
    he will teach you everything
    and remind you of all that I told you.”

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  • Pope St. Pius V

    Pope St. Pius V

    All day
    April 30, 2024

    Daily Bible Reading

    Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter

    Lectionary: 286

    Reading 1

    In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
    arrived and won over the crowds.
    They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
    supposing that he was dead.
    But when the disciples gathered around him,
    he got up and entered the city.
    On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

    After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
    and made a considerable number of disciples,
    they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
    They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
    and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
    “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
    to enter the Kingdom of God.”
    They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
    with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
    in whom they had put their faith.
    Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
    After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
    From there they sailed to Antioch,
    where they had been commended to the grace of God
    for the work they had now accomplished.
    And when they arrived, they called the Church together
    and reported what God had done with them
    and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
    Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

    Responsorial Psalm

    R.(see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Making known to men your might
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
    and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
    and so enter into his glory.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
    Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
    Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
    You heard me tell you,
    ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
    If you loved me,
    you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
    for the Father is greater than I.
    And now I have told you this before it happens,
    so that when it happens you may believe.
    I will no longer speak much with you,
    for the ruler of the world is coming.
    He has no power over me,
    but the world must know that I love the Father
    and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

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