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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ACTS 16:22-34)

BECOME A BELIEVER IN THE LORD JESUS, AND YOU WILL BE SAVED, AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD TOO.

The crowd joined in and showed its hostility to Paul and Silas, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged. They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them. So, following his instructions, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Late that night Paul and Silas were praying and singing God’s praises, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly there was an earthquake that shook the prison to its foundations. All the doors flew open and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the gaoler woke and saw the doors wide open he drew his sword and was about to commit suicide, presuming that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, “Don’t do yourself any harm; we are all here.”

The gaoler called for lights, then rushed in, threw himself trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas, and escorted them out, saying, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They told him, “Become a believer in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, and your household too.” Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all his family. Late as it was, he took them to wash their wounds, and was baptised then and there with all his household. Afterwards he took them home and gave them a meal, and the whole family celebrated their conversion to belief in God.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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MARCH ON, O SOUL, WITH STRENGTH! (HYMN)

March on, O soul, with strength!
Like those strong men of old
who ‘gainst enthroned wrong
stood confident and bold;
who, thrust in prison or cast to flame,
still made their glory in thy name.

March on, O soul, with strength,
as strong the battle rolls!
‘gainst lies and lusts and wrongs,
let courage rule our souls:
in keenest strife, Lord, may we stand,
upheld and strengthened by thy hand.
– George T. Coster

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ACTS 5:17-26)

THE MEN YOU IMPRISONED ARE IN THE TEMPLE, PREACHING TO THE PEOPLE.

The high priest intervened with all his supporters from the party of the Sadducees. Prompted by jealousy, they arrested the apostles and had them put in the common gaol. But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he led them out, “Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new Life.” They did as they were told; they went into the Temple at dawn and began to preach.

When the high priest arrived, he and his supporters convened the Sanhedrin – this was the full Senate of Israel – and sent to the gaol for them to be brought. But when the officials arrived at the prison they found they were not inside, so they went back and reported, “We found the gaol securely locked and the warders on duty at the gates, but when we unlocked the door we found no one inside.” When the captain of the Temple and the chief priests heard this news they wondered what this could mean.
Then a man arrived with fresh news. “At this very moment,” he said, “the men you imprisoned are in the Temple. They are standing there preaching to the people.” The captain went with his men and fetched them. They were afraid to use force in case the people stoned them.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ISAIAH 42:1-7)

Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom my soul delights.
I have endowed him with my spirit
that he may bring true justice to the nations.

He does not cry out or shout aloud,
or make his voice heard in the streets.
He does not break the crushed reed,
nor quench the wavering flame.

Faithfully he brings true justice;
he will neither waver, nor be crushed
until true justice is established on earth,
for the islands are awaiting his law.

Thus says God, the Lord,
he who created the heavens and spread them out,
who gave shape to the earth and what comes from it,
who gave breath to its people
and life to the creatures that move in it;

I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right;
I have taken you by the hand and formed you;
I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations,

to open the eyes of the blind,
to free captives from prison,
and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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LORD JESUS, HAVE MERCY ON ALL PRISONERS

Lord Jesus, have mercy on all prisoners incarcerated for their crimes against humanity; I pray that you will grant them your Divine Mercy, remembering your great act of Divine Mercy, as you expired on the cross, to a criminal who repented and expressed his faith in you, and through your conversion prayer given to St Faustina, I beg you to come into the lives of these poor prisoners that I pray for now, especially those who are about to be executed for their crimes.

If they truly repent and show faith to you, I pray that the last words they will hear in their final agony, will be those that you uttered to Dismas: “This day you will be with me in Paradise.”

(Now please say the Conversion Prayer inviting Jesus into the life of a prisoner who needs this prayer:

O Blood and water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in you.)

 
 

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