Mass Readings for the Day

5 May – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Livestreamed Mass at 11am

Introit – Cantate Domino (Ps 96:1, 2)
O sing unto the Lord a new song, alleluia; for the Lord hath done marvellous things, alleluia: In the sight of the nations hath he showed his righteous judgements.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.
(Ps) With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory.  Glory be … As it was…O sing unto …

Collect
O Almighty God, who alone makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will: grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The First Reading – Acts 15:1-6
In those days: Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 
And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.  So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, reporting the conversion of the Gentiles, and they gave great joy to all the brethren. 
When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.  But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up, and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses.”
The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.

AlleluiaDextera Dei (Ps 118:16; Rom 6:9)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  The right hand of the Lord hath the preeminence: the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass. 
Alleluia.  Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more: death hath no more dominion over him.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – John 15:1-8
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.”

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6 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Livestreamed Mass at 7am

Introit – Cantate Domino (Ps 96:1, 2)
O sing unto the Lord a new song, alleluia; for the Lord hath done marvellous things, alleluia: In the sight of the nations hath he showed his righteous judgements.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.
(Ps) With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory.  Glory be … As it was…O sing unto …

Collect
O Almighty God, who alone makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will: grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The First Reading – Acts 15:7-21
In those days: After there had been much debate, Peter rose and said to the apostles and the elders, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.  And God who knows the heart bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us; and he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”  
And all the assembly kept silence; and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.  After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brethren, listen to me.  Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.  And with this the words of the prophets agree, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, that the rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who has made these things known from of old.’  Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the pollutions of idols and from unchastity and from what is strangled and from blood.  For from early generations Moses has had in every city those who preach him, for he is read every sabbath in the synagogues.”

AlleluiaDextera Dei (Ps 118:16; Rom 6:9)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  The right hand of the Lord hath the preeminence: the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass. 
Alleluia.  Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more: death hath no more dominion over him.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – John 15:9-11
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

NB: There will be no livestreamed Masses here until Friday 14 May.  On Sunday, 9 May, Mass will livestreamed at noon on the Ordinariate Parish of St Bede Facebook page