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The Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)

Liturgical Color: White

Themes: Good Shepherd, trust, safety, suffering, discernment

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth;
by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia. Psalm 33:5-6 [Roman Missal]

Misericordia Domini plena est terra, alleluia: verbo Dei cæli firmati sunt, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Exsultate iusti in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio. [Graduale Romanum, p.223]

Misericordia Domini plena est terra, alleluia: verbo Dei cæli firmati sunt, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Exsultate iusti in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio. [Gregorian Missal, p.364]

Choose an Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa I [Graduale simplex, pp.165-171]
Ego sum pastor bonus, qui pasco oves meas, et pro ovibus meis pono animam meam, alleluia.
Psalm 23, verse 1-9

Collect:

Al- mighty ever-living God,
lead us to a share in the joys of heav- en,

so that the humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone be- fore.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12 [There is salvation in no one else. /v.12]
  • Psalm 118:1,8-9 / 21-23 / 26,28,29 [R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. /v.22]
  • I John 3:1-2 [We shall see Him just as He is. /v.2]
  • Gospel Verse: Jn 10:14 [I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.]
  • John 10:11-18 [The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. /v.11]

Offertory Antiphon:

O God, you are my God whom I seek; lifting up my hands I will call upon your name, alleluia. Psalm 63:2, 5 **
Verses of Psalm 136 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Deus, Deus meus, ad te de luce vigilio: et in nomine tuo levabo manus meas, alleluia. [Graduale Romanum, p.224]

Deus, Deus meus, ad te de luce vigilio: et in nomine tuo levabo manus meas, alleluia. [Gregorian Missal, p.366]

Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa I [Graduale simplex, pp.165-171]
Ad te de luce vigilio, Deus, ut videam virtutem tuam, alleluia.
Psalm 63, verses 1-4

Prayer over the Offerings:

Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that we may always find delight in these paschal myster- ies,

so that the renewal constantly at work within us
may be the cause of our un- end-ing joy.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface IV of Easter: [The restoration of the universe through the Paschal Mystery]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

For, with the old order destroyed,
a universe cast down is renewed,
and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

The Good Shepherd has risen,
who laid down his life for his sheep
and willingly died for his flock, alleluia. [Roman Missal]

Ego sum pastor bonus, alleluia: et cognosco oves meas, et cognoscunt me meæ alleluia, alleluia. John 10:14 [Graduale Romanum, p.224]
Psalm 23:1-2a,2b-3a,3b-4ab,4cd,5ab,5cd,6ab,6cd -or- Psalm 33:1,12,13,14,15,18,19,20,21,22 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Ego sum pastor bonus, alleluia: et cognosco oves meas, et cognoscunt me meæ alleluia, alleluia. John 10:14 [Gregorian Missal, p.367]

Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa I [Graduale simplex, pp.165-171]
In Galilæa Iesum videbitis sicut dixit vobis, alleluia.
Psalm 16, verses 1-10

Prayer after Communion:

Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd,
and be pleased to settle in eternal pas- tures

the sheep you have redeemed
by the Precious Blood of your Son.

Who lives and reigns for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Solemn Blessing: [6. Easter Time]

May God, who by the Resurrection of his Only Begotten Son
was pleased to confer on you
the gift of redemption and of adoption,
give you gladness by his blessing.
Amen.

May he, by whose redeeming work
you have received the gift of everlasting freedom,
make you heirs to an eternal inheritance.
Amen.

And may you, who have already risen with Christ
in Baptism through faith,
by living in a right manner on this earth,
be united with him in the homeland of heaven.
Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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