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The Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)

Liturgical Color: White

Themes: initiation, Holy Spirit, truth, community, love

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard;
proclaim to the ends of the earth:
The Lord has freed his people, alleluia. Isaiah 48:20 [Roman Missal]

Vocem iucunditatis annuntiate, et audiatur, alleluia: nuntiate usque ad extremum terræ: liberavit Dominus populum suum, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Iubilate Deo omnis terra: psalmum dicite nomini eius, date gloriam laudi eius. [Graduale Romanum, p.229]

Vocem iucunditatis annuntiate, et audiatur, alleluia: nuntiate usque ad extremum terræ: liberavit Dominus populum suum, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Iubilate Deo omnis terra: psalmum dicite nomini eius, date gloriam laudi eius. [Gregorian Missal, p.374]

Choose an Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa II [Graduale simplex, pp.172-177]
Cantate Domino canticum novum: laus eius ab extremis terræ, alleluia.
Psalm 98, verses 1-10

Collect:

Grant, almighty God,
that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,
which we keep in honor of the risen Lord,

and that what we relive in remembrance
we may always hold to in what we do.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
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 10:25-26,34-35,44-48 [The gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also. /v.45]
  • Psalm 98:1 / 2-3 / 3-4 [R. The Lord has revelaed ot the nations his saving power. /v.2b]
  • I John 4:7-10 [God is love. /v.8]
  • Gospel Verse: Jn 14:23 [Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.]
  • John 15:9-17 [Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. /v.13]

Offertory Antiphon:

Bless our God, you peoples, loudly sound his praise; he has given life to our souls, and has not let our feet slip. Blessed be God who refused me not my prayer or his kindness, alleluia. Psalm 66:8, 9, 20 **
Verses of Psalm 136 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Benedicite gentes Dominum Deum nostrum, et obaudite vocem laudis eius: qui posuit animam meam ad vitam, et non dedit commoveri pedes meos: benedictus Dominus, qui non amovit deprecationem meam, et misericordiam suam a me, alleluia. [Graduale Romanum, p.231]

Benedicite gentes Dominum Deum nostrum, et obaudite vocem laudis eius: qui posuit animam meam ad vitam, et non dedit commoveri pedes meos: benedictus Dominus, qui non amovit deprecationem meam, et misericordiam suam a me, alleluia. [Gregorian Missal, p.378]

Choose an Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa II [Graduale simplex, pp.172-177]
Iubilate Deo in voce exsultationis, alleluia.
Psalm 47, verses 1-4

Prayer over the Offerings:

May our offerings rise up to you, O Lord,
together with the sacrificial offer- ings,

so that, purified by your graciousness,
we may be conformed to the mysteries of your might-y love.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface II of Easter: [New Life in Christ]

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.

Through him the children of light rise to eternal life
and the halls of the heavenly Kingdom
are thrown open to the faithful;
for his Death is our ransom from death,
and in his rising the life of all has risen.

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:

If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord,
and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete,
to abide with you for ever, alleluia. John 14:15-16 [Roman Missal]

Ego vos elegi de mundo, ut eatis, et fructum afferatis: et fructus vester maneat, alleluia. John 15:16 [Graduale Romanum, p.436]
Psalm 89:2,4,6,20,21,22,25,29 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Ego vos elegi de mundo, ut eatis, et fructum afferatis: et fructus vester maneat, alleluia. John 15:5 [Gregorian Missal, p.380]

Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from either of the two Masses for Eastertide, particularly Missa II [Graduale simplex, pp.172-177]
Cantate Domino, et benedicite nomini eius, alleluia.
Psalm 96, verses 1-10

Prayer after Communion:

Al- mighty ever-living God,
who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ,

in- crease in us, we pray, the fruits of this paschal Sacrament
and pour into our hearts the strength of this sav-ing food.

Through Christ our Lord. 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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