Liturgy, Solemnities and Feasts - April 2022

Sunday 24th April 2022

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

THE DIVINE MERCY

Happy are Those who have Not Seen and Yet Believe

The great joy of Easter continues. Even though we cannot see God, we are encouraged by the triumph of Christ's resurrection and we profess our faith that God will raise us too, trusting in His Divine Mercy.

The Readings:

Acts 5:12-16

Apocalypse 1:9-13.17-19

Gospel: John 20:19-31

Collect:

God of everlasting mercy,

who, in every recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

EASTER SUNDAY - 16th April 2022

We wish you all a very Blessed and Happy Easter!

THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

Christ Our Passover Has Risen

The Lord's right hand has triumphed and Christ is risen from the dead. Our thoughts are lifted to spiritual heights as we contemplate Christ's victory and look forward in hope to the promises which his resurrection holds out to us.

The Readings:

Acts 10:34.37-43

Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel: John 20:1-9

Collect:

O God, who on this day,

through your Only Begotten Son,

have conquered death and unlocked

for us the path to eternity, grant,

we pray, that we who keep the solemnity

of the Lord's Resurrection may,

through the renewal brought by your Spirit,

rise up in the light of life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDDUM

HOLY SATURDAY - 15th April 2022

THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

Jesus Has Risen Triumphant

Tonight's vigil is the Feast of Feasts. This is the blessed night when Christ, our morning star, has come back from the dead. All our faith, our worship and our lives as Christians take their meaning from this joyful celebration.

In accord with ancient tradition, this night is one of vigil for the Lord. It is a reminder to the faithful to have their lamps burning ready awaiting their master's return, so that when he arrives he will find them wide awake and will seat them at his table.

The Easter Vigil is arranged in four parts:

(a) The Service of Light - blessing the Paschal Candle.

(b) The Liturgy of the Word - the unfolding story of our salvation.

(c) The Liturgy of Baptism - with the renewal of our baptismal vows and our commitment to Christ.

(d) The First Mass of Easter - when we receive the risen Christ in Holy Communion.

The Readings:

Genesis 1:1,26-31

Exodus 14:15-15:1

Isaiah 55:1-11

Romans 6:3-11

Gospel (year C): Luke 24:1-12

Collect of the First Mass of Easter:

O God, who make this most sacred night radiant with the glory of the Lord's Resurrection, stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption, so that, renewed in body and mind, we may render you undivided service.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDDUM

GOOD FRIDAY - 15th April 2022

FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

Father, Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit

The starkness of today's Solemn Liturgy is dramatic enough, but it is the meaning of Christ's suffering and death that is truly momentous. By his sacrifice he has won our salvation from everlasting death and won a victorious and final triumph over the powers of evil. We pray that people everywhere may come to know and accept Christ's saving Good News.

The Readings:

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9

Gospel: John 18:1-19:42

Prayer:

Remember your mercies, O Lord,

and with your eternal protection

sanctify your servants,

for whom Christ your Son,

by the shedding of his blood,

established the Paschal Mystery.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDDUM

MAUNDY THURSDAY - 14th April 2022

 

THURSDAY OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

Do this as a Memorial of Me

When he celebrated the Passover Supper on the night before he died, Jesus transformed its meaning. No longer were the disciples to celebrate the deliverance from Egypt by Moses through the Red Sea: now they were to keep festival in memory of Jesus the Redeemer and his Passover through death to life. Thus the Mass was born: and so faithful to our Lord's command we celebrate it this evening.

The Readings:

Exodus 12:1-8.11-14

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Gospel: John 13:1-15

Collect:

O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your Only Begotten Son,
when about to hand himself over to death,

entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray,

that we may draw from so great a mystery,

the fullness of charity and of life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 10th April 2022

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

OF THE LORD

The King who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Today marks the last lap of our Lenten journey with Christ through suffering to glory. We hail him as our king, who through death and resurrection will establish his kingdom as the hope of our salvation.

The Readings:

Palm Gospel: Luke 19:28-40

Isaiah 50:4-7

Philippians 2:6-11

Passion Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56

Collect:

Almighty ever-living God,

who as an example of humility for the

human race to follow caused our Saviour

to take flesh and submit to the Cross,

graciously grant that we may heed

his lesson of patient suffering

and so merit a share in his Resurrection.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 3rd April 2022

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - Passiontide begins

All I Want is to Know Christ

We do not have to dress ourselves up to be acceptable to our Father. He accepts us exactly as we are. If we truly repent then our past is blotted out and we are given a completely fresh start in the life of grace.

The Readings:

Isaiah 43:16-21

Philippians 3:8-14

Gospel: John 8:1-11

Collect:

By your help, we beseech you,

Lord our God, may we walk eagerly

in that same charity with which,

out of love for the world,

your Son handed himself over to death.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.