Sunday May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)
Today’s Rosary: Glorious Mystery
Death Anniversary of Archbishop Albert Obiefuna of Onitsha 10/5/11
Theme of the Sunday: The Many Ways of Giving up One’s Life. The central theme of today’s readings is the “many rooms” present in the house of the Father, that is, the many ways we can help each other. In the gospel Jesus says that the way to the Father is the service of our brothers and sisters. The second reading uses the image of a new building and the first reading describes how the community of Jerusalem solved a problem. Both readings help us to deepen our understanding of the message.
O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.
The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said.
Almighty everliving God, constantly accomplish the paschal mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord.
“They picked out seven men full of the Holy Spirit. ”
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 6: 1-7)
In these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the Twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 33: 1-2.4-5.18-19 (R. 22)
R/. May your merciful love be upon us, as we hope in you, O Lord.
Ring out your joy to the LORD, O you just;
for praise is fitting for the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp;
with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs. R.
For the word of the LORD is faithful,
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right,
and his merciful love fills the earth. R.
Yes, the Lord’s eyes are on those who fear him,
who hope in his merciful love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine. R.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood.”
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter (I Peter 2:4-9)
Beloved: Come to the Lord, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God’s sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and he who believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you therefore who believe, he is precious, but for those who do not believe, “The very stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone that will make men stumble, a rock that will make them fall”; for they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA John 14:6
Alleluia. I am the way, and the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, but by me. Alleluia.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 14: 1- 12)
In those days: Jesus said to his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Prayers of the Faithful
Christ is our Way, Truth and Life.
PRIEST: My brothers and sisters we pray to God our Father for all the graces for the Church and the world, through Christ, who is the Way,
the Truth and the Life.
For the Church, the sign of salvation, (pause) may she always point the way to the world. pause Lord, hear our prayer; through Christ, you Son we pray Oh Lord.
For the leaders of our society, (pause) may they never consider themselves as the most important members of society, but see themselves rather as servants in the world of which Christ alone is Lord. (pause) Lord, hear our prayer; through Christ, you Son we pray Oh Lord.
For those who are worried, or in great distress, (pause) may Christ’s words in today’s gospel, “do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God still and trust in me” console and encourage them in their time of trial. (pause) Lord, hear our prayer; through Christ, you Son we pray Oh Lord.
For an increase of vocations, (pause) may young men and women be encouraged to offer themselves as priests and religious for the service of the Church. (pause) Lord, hear our prayer; through Christ, you Son we pray Oh Lord.
In silence, we pray to our heavenly Father for our own spiritual intentions.
Father, may we be one with you by following your Son, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Personal Devotional: Day 10 of May Devotion
When our mission on earth comes to an end we must definitely return to the one who has made us come into this world to present our report card, Jesus finished his work and returned back to the Father (Ascension) and He received the reward to take His place at right hand of the Father at the end of His mission. Our Mother Mary also at the end of her earthly existence was also assumed into heaven and she received her reward. Let us learn from our Mother Mary to do good with all we got here on earth so that at the end heaven will be our reward.
Meditation: Mark 16:15-20
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to carry out my mission here on earth well as our Blessed Mother did, so that in the end I will come to live with you in heaven. Amen.
M A Y D E V O T I O N
Program of Daily Events for May Devotion (Personal / Group)
Introduction: Sign of the Cross + / (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament optional)
Act of contrition: O my God because you’re so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace I will not sin again.
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate heart of Mary:
O most pure heart of Mary, full of goodness, show your love towards us. Let the flame of your heart, O Mary, descend on all people. We love you immensely. Impress on our hearts true love so that we may long for you. O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we sin. You know that all we sin. Grant that through your most pure and motherly heart, we may be healed from every spiritual sickness. Grant that we may always experience the goodness of your motherly heart, and that through the flame of your heart we may be converted. Amen.
Rosary Recitation and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Begin with the invocation of the Holy Spirit: Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the heart.
Art of Reparation to the Immaculate heart of Mary:
O Most Holy Virgin, and Our Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of your immaculate Heart surrounded with the thorns placed therein at every moment by the blasphemies and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity. We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother and of promising a true devotion to your Immaculate Heart. We therefore kneel before you to manifest the sorrow we feel for the grievances that people cause you, and to atone by our prayers and sacrifices for the offenses with which they return your love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. Hasten the conversion of sinners that they may love Jesus Christ and cease to offend the Lord, already so much offended. Turn your eyes of mercy toward us, that we may love God with all our heart on earth and enjoy him forever in Heaven.
Brief talk on Blessed Virgin Mary.
Gift of candle light and offering of petition. (Lighting of candles and submission of petition).
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayers for the intention of Our Holy Father (One Our Father, One Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father).