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Easter Thursday 2005 Mass Readings

Thursday, March 31, 2005
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Below, I have posted the Easter Thursday Sacred Scripture readings for Holy Mass (Mar. 31, 2005). Please take a moment or two to read the Readings and unite yourself in prayer with the Holy Church throughout the world. Please remember the Holy Father and His intentions in your prayers throughout the day. Please pray also that the souls with the hardest hearts- those that are so far awy, by their own choices or circumstances, are so far from God may come home to The Catholic Church and recieve the grace needed to take the plunge into the deep end of the pool of Faith, Love and Mercy. Please pray that through our combined prayers, works, joys and suffering many dear souls may be won for Our Saving Lord and King. Please remember also my daughter and I and all those in our lives may always serve as instruments of God's Mercy and Love to the Secular world. If just one more soul is won for Christ as a result of all of our combined prayers and activities then the effort to post these postings and links is well worth it to me. WE all have to become 'little Christ's ' to a hurting world and show to them the wonder and grace and love of Our Divine Master. May Our Lord Jesus richly bless you all and may Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us all and lead us to Her Divine Son throughout our journey to the promised land.
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Jesu Ufam Tobie!!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!

March 31, 2005

Easter Thursday

Reading I
Acts 3:11-26

As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,
all the people hurried in amazement toward them
in the portico called "Solomon's Portico."
When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,
"You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,
and why do you look so intently at us
as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence,
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
And by faith in his name,
this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong,
and the faith that comes through it
has given him this perfect health,
in the presence of all of you.
Now I know, brothers and sisters,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away,
and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment
and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus,
whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration
of which God spoke through the mouth
of his holy prophets from of old.
For Moses said:

A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin;
to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you.
Everyone who does not listen to that prophet
will be cut off from the people.

"Moreover, all the prophets who spoke,
from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days.
You are the children of the prophets
and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors
when he said to Abraham,
In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you
by turning each of you from your evil ways."

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9

R (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R .Alleluia
O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?

R O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R Alleluia.
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.

R O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R Alleluia.
All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

R O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R Alleluia.

Lk 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."

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