Mass Readings for the Day

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On Maundy Thursday Mass begins at 8:00pm
Good Friday Liturgy 3:00pm
Easter Vigil begins at approximately 9:15pm
Easter Day 11:00am

8 April 2020 – Wednesday in Holy Week

Introit                                                        In Nomine Iesu (Phil 2:10, 8, 11; Ps 102:1)
At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth, and things under the earth: for that the Lord became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross; wherefore Jesus Christ is Lord, in the glory of God the Father.
(Ps) Hear my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come unto thee.  At the Name …

O God, who didst will that thy Son should suffer death upon the Cross that thou mightest deliver us from the snares of the enemy: grant that by the merits of his Passion and Death we may know the power of his Resurrection; through the same 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 – Isaiah 50:4-9a
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary.  Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.  The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward.  I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.  For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near.  Who will contend with me?  Let us stand up together.  Who is my adversary?  Let him come near to me.  Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Gradual                                                                    Ne avertas faciem (Ps 69:18, 1, 2)
Hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble: O haste thee, and hear me.
V. Save me, O God, for the waters are come in, even unto my soul: I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground is.

Tract                                                                           Domine, exaudi (Ps 102:1-4, 13)
HEAR MY prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come unto thee.
V. Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ear unto me.
V. When I call: O hear me, and that right soon.
V. For my days are consumed away like smoke: and my bones are burnt up as it were a fire-brand.
V. My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass: so that I forget to eat my bread.
V. Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Sion: for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 26:14-25
At that time: One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 1 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?”  And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.  And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He said, “Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’”
And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”
He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me.  The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!  It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?”
He said to him, “You have said so.”


9 April 2020 – Maundy Thursday – The Institution of the Eucharist

Introit                                                                                           Nos autem gloriari (Gal 6:14; Ps 67:1)
We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: in whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.
(Ps) God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.  Glory be … As it was … We should …

O God, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy Passion: grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood; that we may ever know within ourselves the fruit of thy redemption; who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

THE FIRST READING – Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
In those days: The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you.  Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household; and if the household is too small for a lamb, then a man and his neighbour next to his house shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old; you shall take it from the sheep or from the goats; and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs in the evening.  Then they shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat them.  They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.
“In this manner you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste.  It is the Lord’s Passover.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.  The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall fall upon you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.  
“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance for ever.”

Gradual                                                                                       Christus factus est (Phil 2:8, 9)
Christ became obedient for our sakes unto death: even the death of the Cross.
V. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him: and given him the Name which is above every name.

THE SECOND READING – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Brethren: I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the chalice, after supper, saying, “This chalice is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Tract                                                                                             Ab ortu solis (Mal 1:11; Prov 9:5)
From the rising up of the sun, unto the going down of the same: my Name shall be great among the Gentiles.
V. And in every place incense shall be offered unto my Name: and a pure offering.
V. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine: which I have mingled.

HOLY GOSPEL – John 13:1-15
Before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and ties a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.  He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”  
Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.”  
Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.”
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you.”  For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “You are not all clean.”
When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”