5. READINGS FOR THE DAY

Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

(Acts 14:21-27 NRSV)

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.

Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 144(145):8-13a NRSV)

Resp: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

   	The LORD is gracious and merciful,
		slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
	The LORD is good to all,
		and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Resp: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King. 

	All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
		and all your faithful shall bless you.
	They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
		and tell of your power,
	to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
		and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.

Resp: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

	Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
		and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Resp: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

A reading from the book of the Apocalypse  

(Apocalypse 21:1-5 NRSV)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”

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