Season of Mercy

Greetings on this the Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday of Divine Mercy
Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; Jn 20:19-31
Notes: Octave of Easter is an eight day remembrance of the Resurrection. The Season of Easter is a Season of Mercy. Mercy made fully known in self-sacrifice and in Resurrection. That we may have life. Life in His Name. Alleluia. Alleluia is two words blended together which are: Praise Ya, short for Praise YHWH.

(note: antiphon means a short sentence sung/recited before/after a psalm or canticle).

During the Octave of Easter, we repeat the following morning antiphons for eight days.

  1. 1st antiphon: The splendor of Christ risen from the dead has shone on the people redeemed by his blood, alleluia.
  2. 2nd antiphon: Our Redeemer has risen from the tomb; let us sing a hymn of praise to the Lord our God, alleluia.
  3. 3rd antiphon: Alleluia, the Lord is risen as he promised, alleluia.

During the Octave of Easter, we repeat the following evening antiphons for eight days.

  1. 1st antiphon: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the Lord’s tomb, alleluia.
  2. 2nd antiphon: Come and see the place where the Lord was buried, alleluia.
  3. 3rd antiphon: Jesus said: Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to set out for Galilee, there they will see me, alleluia.

For the Canticle of Zechariah we have this collection of morning antiphons:

  1. Very early on the morning after the Sabbath, when the sun has just risen, they came to the tomb, alleluia.
  2. Go quickly and tell his disciples: The Lord is risen, alleluia.
  3. Jesus called her by name: Mary. She turned to him and said: Rabboni. Then he said to her: Do not touch me; I have not yet ascended to my Father, alleluia.
  4. Beginning with Moses and the Prophets, Jesus interpreted for them all that had been written of him in the Scriptures, alleluia.
  5. Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said: Peace be with you, alleluia.
  6. This was the third time Jesus had shown himself to his disciples after he had risen from the dead, alleluia.
  7. When Jesus had risen from the dead on the morning after the sabbath, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven devils, alleluia.
  8. With your hand, touch the mark of the nails; doubt no longer, but believe, alleluia.

For the Canticle of Mary we have this collection of evening antiphons:

  1. On the evening of the first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors; suddenly, Jesus stood among them and said: Peace be with you, alleluia.
  2. Jesus met the women and greeted them. They came to him and knelt at his feet, alleluia.
  3. While I was weeping at the tomb, I saw my Lord, alleluia.
  4. Jesus went in with them, and while they were at table he took bread and said the blessing; he broke the bread and gave it to them, alleluia.
  5. See my hands and my feet and know I am here among you, alleluia.
  6. The disciple whom Jesus loved said: It is the Lord, alleluia.
  7. After eight days, although the doors were locked, the Lord came among them and said: Peace be with you, alleluia.
  8. Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed; blessed are they who have not seen me and yet believe, alleluia.

First reading
Many signs and wonders were done among the people
at the hands of the apostles.

A large number of people from the towns
in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered,
bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits,
and they were all cured.

Responsorial Psalm
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Second reading
I, John, your brother, who share with you
the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus,
found myself on the island called Patmos
because I proclaimed God’s word and gave testimony to Jesus.

[IN A VISION]
When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead.
He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid.
I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.
I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
Write down, therefore, what you have seen,
and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards.

Alleluia Verse
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!

Gospel Portion
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.”

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All that is God poured out and into you, his beloved.

Yes, he loves you that much.

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.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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