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Sunday Morning

Second Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

 
 

Introduction

 

This Sunday is often called Good Shepherd Sunday; the Gospel tells us of the Good Shepherd. Jesus is indeed the Good Shepherd of our souls. He came to give His life for us. The picture of the Good Shepherd is very familiar to all the faithful. Our good example and prayers must help to bring the “sheep going astray” back to Christ, that there may be one Fold and one Shepherd.”

After the Epistle, (our evening reading) in which St. Peter recalls what it cost our Lord to bring us, the lost sheep, back to the fold of salvation, the Gospel (our morning reading) recounts for us the wonderful parable in which Christ Himself is shown as the good Shepherd, who knows each one of His sheep, who gives His life for them and snatches them from the jaws of the marauding wolf. He is the true shepherd who fulfills Ezekiel’s prophecy foretelling for Israel a shepherd from the end of time who is to deliver his people.

Christ’s sheepfold is the Church. In the Church He bestows on us His life in the Sacraments, His word in the teaching that she gives us, all the riches of His grace to light up our way and uphold our steps as we go forward to our heavenly home; through her He acts as the one shepherd of our souls. Appointed to lead the flock, Peter gave his life for those entrusted to his care, and ever since then the priestly ministry has assured the continuous presence in the Church of Him who remains the true Shepherd of our souls.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

In Time After Easter the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

 
  • Of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full, by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting. Halleluia.
 
  • The disciples recognised the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Halleluia.
 
  • If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God
 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed: shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is was and ever

As it was in the beginning is was and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law

Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your decrees; 0 Lord, put menot to shame.

I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

 

Reading — St. John 10: 11 — 16

 

St. Gregory challenges his listeners to take our Lord’s words to heart.

“I know My sheep;” that is, “I love them.
“And My sheep know Me.” They love and follow Me.
Just see brethren, whether you really are His sheep and whether you love and follow Him.

 

At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. But the hireling, who is not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep; but the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the sheep. I am the Good Shepherd, and I know Mine and mine know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd.”

 
 
Press here for commentary on the above reading.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Morning

 

Eternal King of the blessed Creator of all things and the Father’s co-equal Son from all eternity.

When the world was at its beginning You created Adam and gave him the image of Your own likeness, joining a soul of noble destiny with substance of the earth.

But when an envious, deceitful enemy had covered mankind with the filth of sin, You clothed Yourself in man’s flesh and, a creator once again, gave man back the beauty he had lost.

Once You were born of a Virgin. Now born from the tomb, You command us, buried in sin to rise with You from the dead.

As our eternal shepherd You wash Your flock in the waters of baptism, where souls are cleansed and sins are buried.

And as our Redeemer, fastened to the Cross that we ought to have suffered, You gave Your blood to the last drop as the price of our salvation.

Free from sin’s foul death those who have been born again unto life and so, Jesus may You be our soul’s unending paschal joy.

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

“I am the Shepherd of the sheep. I am the Way and the Truth, and the Life. I am the Good Shepherd, and I know My sheep and My sheep know Me, Halleluia, Halleluia.

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 

Introduction

 
 
 

O God, Who by the humility of Your Son have raised up a fallen world; grant everlasting joy to Your faithful people; that those whom You have rescued from the perils of endless death, You may cause to enjoy endless happiness. Through the same Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.
Amen.

 

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