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Sacred Scripture Readings for Thursday April 21st, 2005

Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Here are the Sacred Scripture Readings for Mass For Thurday April 21st, 2005. Please take a moment and read and meditate on the readings for today and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please remember the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and his intentions in your prayers. Please today remember all children throughout the world especially the poor and disabled that they may find comfort, peace, saftey and joy and their parents and guardians. Please also remember those who work to preach the gospel of Truth and Peace to a hurting world, our Bishops, Priests, Deacons and all those in concecrated life and the laity also. May Christ's love and truth shine forth in all that we do as a beacon of hope to a world in darkness. Finally, please remember my daughter and I and those in our lives in your prayers.
May Christ Our Redeemer richly bless you all today and always and those in your life and may Mary the Ever Virgin Mother of God keep you always beneath the protective mantle of her love and grace.
Omnia Pro Ieus Per Mariam!!


April 21, 2005

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Reading I
Acts 13:13-25

From Paphos, Paul and his companions
set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia.
But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats.
After the reading of the law and the prophets,
the synagogue officials sent word to them,
"My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation
for the people, please speak."

So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
"Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out,
and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert.
When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,
he gave them their land as an inheritance
at the end of about four hundred and fifty years.
After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet.
Then they asked for a king.
God gave them Saul, son of Kish,
a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
Then he removed him and raised up David as their king;
of him he testified,
I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.
From this man's descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'"

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27

R (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R Alleluia.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, "My kindness is established forever";
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

R Alleluia.
"I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong."

R For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R Alleluia.
"My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.'"

R For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R Alleluia.

Jn 13:16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples' feet, he said to them:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me."
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