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PENTECOST BIBLE READING (ACTS 2:1-11)

PENTECOST BIBLE READING (ACTS 2:1-11)

FIRST READING OF PENTECOST SUNDAY, YEAR A, MASS DURING THE DAY

When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. “Surely” they said “all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Lybia around Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.”

V. The word of the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

 

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THE DIVINE PRAISES

THE DIVINE PRAISES

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her spouse most chaste.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in his Saints.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 15:1-8)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 15:1-8)

Jesus said to his disciples:

“I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes
to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.

As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away
– he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 14:1-6)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 14:1-6)

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house;
if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have gone and prepared you a place,
I shall return to take you with me;
so that where I am
you may be too.
You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus said:

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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A PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION

A PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION

Dearest Jesus, all thy creatures are more worthy of thy grace

Than the vile and wretched sinner who now kneels before thy Face.

Yet one claim I have upon thee, which thou never wilt deny:

In the bounds of thy creation, no one needs thee more than I!

 

Other souls have been more faithful, and have served thee better far,

Many spotless hearts more fitting for thy gracious Presence are,

Many lips devout a greeting far more fervent can supply,

But, dear Master, well thou knowest: no one needs thee more than I.

 

Many loving hands have carried richer offerings to thy Shrine,

Many generous hearts have loved thee with a purer love than mine;

These thy chosen ones approach thee, as the doves to covert fly,

I am utterly unworthy, but none need thee more than I!

 

Sins unnumbered, unatoned for, have made havoc in my soul,

And against me stands, as witness, the Recording Angel’s roll;

All untilled has been my vineyard, and its soil is hard and dry,

O my God, my only refuge, no one needs thee more than I!

 

For without thee I am helpless, fast in sin’s strong fetters caught.

Blinded by my evil passions, swayed by impulses untaught:

I could do no good unaided, it were worse than vain to try;

Come thyself to me, sweet Jesus! no one needs thee more than I!

 

Thou didst leave thy Father’s bosom, to reclaim and save the lost,

Thou didst take upon thee freely our redemption’s awful cost,

Thou thyself hast called me to thee, thou wilt hearken to my cry,

In the bounds of thy creation, no one needs thee more than I!

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty&Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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O LOVING JESUS, CONCEALED UNDER THE FORM OF BREAD

O LOVING JESUS, CONCEALED UNDER THE FORM OF BREAD

ACT OF LOVE BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION 

O loving Jesus, concealed under the form of bread, thou art my hope, and thou art also my love; for how great, how unconquerable must have been thy love to induce thee, the Son of the Most High, the object of the adoration of Heaven, to descend from thy throne of eternal glory to this miserable earth to dwell among us and become our very own?

It did not satisfy thy love to remain as man among us for a few passing years: thou wouldst always remain with us. Thou wast not satisfied to shed thy Blood once for us in terrible suffering on the cross; thou wouldst have the sublime sacrifice daily offered for us. O love of my Saviour, unfathomable abyss, what must be the perversion and hardness of heart that cannot love thee in return! I love thee, my Jesus; at least I desire to love thee as fervently as thou meritest to be loved.

Inflame my cold heart with thy love and let thy holy fire never be extinguished; let this love be stronger in me than death; nothing henceforth shall separate me from thy love, O Jesus; neither life nor death, neither the world nor the flesh, neither affliction nor distress. In this love will I persevere to my last hour, and be thine, O Jesus, forever.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons Ltd., Leeds, 1916

 

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THE QUEEN STANDS AT YOUR RIGHT HAND, ADORNED IN A VESTURE OF GOLD

THE QUEEN STANDS AT YOUR RIGHT HAND, ADORNED IN A VESTURE OF GOLD

SHE IS A QUEEN INASMUCH THE ROYAL DIGNITY OF BOTH HER FATHER AND SON IS EXALTED IN THE SCRIPTURES 

Why do we not, after the example of Damascene, Athanasius, and others, address the most blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Queen, inasmuch as the royal dignity of both her father and Son is exalted in the Scriptures, which acknowledge David, her father, as a renowned king and her Son as the Lord of lords and King of kings who shall rule forever. She is a Queen, moreover, when considered in relationship to those saints who are like kings in the heavenly kingdom, along with Christ the Supreme King, inasmuch as they are coheirs of his, and, as it were, are seated on the same throne with him, as the Scriptures say. She is a Queen second to none of the elect, but so far superior to both men and angels that no one can be more exalted in dignity or more holy, for she alone has the same Son as God the Father, and no one is above her save God and Christ; while beneath her is everything else.

As the great Athanasius acutely observed: “Mary is to be considered nor only God’s mother, but properly and truly a Queen and the Mistress of his household because Christ, though born of this Virgin Mother, is still God and Lord and so also King. “In this manner, therefore, we may understand the saying of the Psalmist about this Queen: “The Queen stands at your right hand, adorned in a vesture of gold.” Mary is then rightly called not only the Queen of heaven, but also of all those who dwell therein, inasmuch as she is the Mother of the King of angels, and the beloved friend and spouse of the King of heaven. O Mary, most august Queen and ever a most faithful Mother, whom no one ever calls upon and goes unrewarded, and to whom all mankind is bound by the everlasting remembrance of your favours, again and again I pray and implore you, that you may be pleased to accept every expression of my devotion to you, and not regarding the smallness of my gift, may deign to measure it by the devoted will of the giver and so cause it to meet with the approval of your all-powerful Son.

– Sermon of Peter Canisius, Priest, “On the Incomparable Virgin Mary Mother of God”, Book 15, Ch. 13; An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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I CONFESS, O MY GOD, NOT ONLY IN THY PRESENCE…

I CONFESS, O MY GOD, NOT ONLY IN THY PRESENCE…

AT THE CONFITEOR:

I confess, O my God, not only in thy presence, Who seest the innermost secrets of my heart, but in the presence also of all the blessed in heaven and faithful on earth, that I have often and grievously offended thee in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Yes, Lord, I have sinned; I acknowledge to my shame, and with the most bitter regret, that I have ungratefully abused all thy gifts; and therefore I humbly beseech you, O Blessed Virgin Mary, seraphic Father St Francis, St Anthony of Padua, and all ye Saints and Angels, to intercede for me. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to listen to them; grant to the ardour of their prayers what thou mayest justly refuse to the coldness of mine; and to their great and glorious merits the reward from which my offences should shut me out.

– Prayers at Mass in honour of St Anthony; St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THE MORN HAD SPREAD HER CRIMSON RAYS (EASTER HYMN)

THE MORN HAD SPREAD HER CRIMSON RAYS (EASTER HYMN)

The morn had spread her crimson rays,

When rang the skies with shouts of praise;

Earth joined the joyful hymn swell,

That brought despair to vanquished hell.

 

He comes victorious from the grave,

The Lord omnipotent to save,

And brings with him the light of day

The Saints who long imprisoned lay.

 

Vain is the cavern’s threefold ward –

The stone, the seal, the armed guard;

O death, no more thine arm we fear,

The Victor’s tomb is now thy bier.

 

Enough of death, enough of tears,

Enough of sorrows and of fears!

O hear yon white-robed Angel cry,

“Death’s Conqueror lives, no more to die.”

 

With Christ we died, with Christ we rose,

When at the font his name we chose;

O let not sin our robes defile,

And turn to grief the Paschal smile.

 

To God the Father let us sing,

To God the Son, our risen King,

And equally let us adore

The Spirit, God forevermore.

Amen.

 

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AT THE LAMB’S HIGH FEAST WE SING (EASTER HYMN)

AT THE LAMB’S HIGH FEAST WE SING (EASTER HYMN)

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

Praise to our victorious King,

Who hath washed us in the tide

Flowing from his pierced side;

 

Praise we him whose love divine

Gives the guests his Blood for wine,

Gives his Body for the feast,

Love the Victim, Love the Priest.

 

Where the Paschal Blood is poured,

Death’s dark Angel sheathes his sword;

Israel’s hosts triumphant go

Through the wave that drowns the foe.

 

Christ the Lamb whose Blood was shed,

Paschal victim, Paschal bread;

With sincerity and love

Eat we Manna from above.

 

Mighty Victim from the sky,

Powers of hell beneath thee lie;

Death is conquered in the fight;

Thou hast brought us life and light.

 

Now the banner thou dost wave;

Vanquished Satan and the grave;

Angels join his praise to tell –

See o’erthrown the prince of hell.

 

Paschal triumph, Paschal joy,

Only sin can this destroy;

From the death of sin set free,

Souls reborn, dear Lord, in thee.

 

Hymns of glory, songs of praise,

Father, unto thee we raise;

Risen Lord, all praise to thee,

Ever with the Spirit be.

Amen.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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