Divine Mercy Sunday

(Second Sunday of Easter)

Opening Antiphon

1 Pt 2: 2 Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.

We gather as a family in union with the rest of the Christian Communities here in our region. We remember that we are in the holy presence of God. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Initial Prayers. Let us pray. God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First reading

Acts 2:42-47 The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common

The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. The many miracles and signs worked through the apostles made a deep impression on everyone. The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed. They went as a body to the Temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.

 

The word of the Lord.

All reply: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 117(118):2-4,13-15,22-24

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. Let the sons of Israel say: ‘His love has no end.’ Let the sons of Aaron say: ‘His love has no end.’ Let those who fear the Lord say: ‘His love has no end.’ Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he was my saviour. There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the just. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes. This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Second Reading

1 Peter 1:3-9  You did not see Christ, yet you love him

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time. This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you may for a short time have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials; so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will have been tested and proved like gold – only it is more precious than gold, which is corruptible even though it bears testing by fire – and then you will have praise and glory and honour. You did not see him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.

 

The word of the Lord.

All reply: Thanks be to God.

Sequence – Easter Praise

Victimae Paschali Laudes Christians, to the Paschal Victim offer sacrifice and praise. The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb; and Christ, the undefiled, hath sinners to his Father reconciled. Death with life contended: combat strangely ended! Life’s own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign. Tell us, Mary: say what thou didst see upon the way. The tomb the Living did enclose; I saw Christ’s glory as he rose! The angels there attesting; shroud with grave-clothes resting. Christ, my hope, has risen: he goes before you into Galilee. That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know. Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

Jn 20:29

Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Alleluia!

Gospel 

John 20:19-31

Eight days later, Jesus came again and stood among them In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection

PEACE! This was the first word of the Risen Saviour to his disciples after rising from the dead. The time: the evening of the first day of the week. The place: the house where they had the Last Supper together. The psychological state of the disciples: fear. They were in the grip of fear. That their Rabbi had been killed at the end of a trial was a blatant mockery of justice. Logically, they were up for the next round of prosecutions. And so, they locked the doors of the house as if that would stop the Jewish authorities from running after them. And they found comforts no matter how fragile in one another’s company.

Imagine the impact on them when, in the midst of their collective feelings of insecurity, they saw their Unannounced Guest just standing there coming from out of nowhere, entering the room surely not through the locked doors, and telling them in a clear, calm voice, ..Peace be with you!” That was, in the depths of their being, just the thing they needed most at that moment – yes, peace, the peace that they used to experience like a flowing river when they were still in his company. What a balm for their broken hearts!

“Peace be with you!” The very One who was dearest to them, the One whom they lost in a darkness that no light of their own could penetrate, was now repeating to them his greeting and his gift. And he continued, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Then followed his Easter gift as he breathed unto them, saying: “Receive tile Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” The power to forgive – or not to forgive-sins! Truly, the Saviour’s Easter gift like no other! It was as though, in giving his Church this gift, he would have us sinners experience something of the grace of the Resurrection in our own life: namely, that, having died to sin, we ourselves may rise to new life. Alleluia!

That our sins be forgiven-wasn’t this the preoccupation of Jesus, the Son of God? On the cross, when he was about to die, he prayed for his persecutors and executioners, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. ” And now, on his very first appearance as the Risen One to his disciple, he was telling them: “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.” At each opportunity, at every step of the way, he was out to forgive the sinner, out to show Divine Mercy! All along, he was true to his mission as Saviour, the Saviour of fallen man! Isn’t that, in fact, what his name ” Jesus” means, GOD SAVES?

It was all in accord with divine logic, then, that this divine power to forgive has been transmitted to the disciples of Jesus and, after them, to the duly ordained ministers, the priests. And so, down through the ages since that blessed moment in the room with locked doors, the power to forgive or not to forgive – the power of the keys – has been exercised in the Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

There is no doubt about it, many a repentant sinner who, otherwise, would have remained burdened and desperate have found solace and peace through sacramental absolution.

The Divine Mercy be praised forevermore! Jesus, the Divine Mercy, have mercy on the world at this time of the Pandemic.

Profession of Faith

ALL – I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day, he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer in time of our crises

God our Father, we ask your protection against the Coronavirus that has claimed lives and affected many.

We pray for your grace for the people tasked with studying the nature of this virus and of stemming the tide of its transmission.

Guide the hands and minds of the medical experts to minister to the sick with competence and compassion, and guide government and private agencies to find a cure and solution to this epidemic.

We pray for those afflicted. May they be restored to health soon. Grant us the grace to work for the good of all and to help those in need.

I ask for your special providence and protection for our country, my family and my friends. Please send your Holy Spirit to protect us from this virus. And may Mary, our Blessed Mother, place over us her mantel of protection. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Our Father

OUR FATHER who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

 

Prayer Leader: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

All – For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all, and I desire to receive You into my life. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I welcome and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray. Grant, we pray, almighty God, that our reception of this paschal Sacrament may have a continuing effect in our minds and hearts. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, ✠ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET

(May be recited at the end of the Prayer after Communion or later in the day)

  1. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  2. Opening Prayers
    You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You! (Repeat three times)
  3. Our Father
    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
  4. Hail Mary
    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
  5. Apostles’ Creed
    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
  6. Eternal Father
    Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
  7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
    For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
    have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  8. Repeat for the remaining decades, then Saying the “Eternal Father” on the “Our Father” bead. then “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.
  9. Conclude with “Holy God”  (Repeat three times)
    Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  10. Closing Prayer (Optional)
    Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
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