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The Second Sunday After Easter or "Good Shepherd Sunday"

Semi Double Feast during Paschaltide
         White Vestments

        Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..

        The Second Sunday After Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. As St. Peter, whom the risen Christ has appointed head and Pastor of His Church, tells us in the Epistle, Jesus is the Shepherd of our souls, which were as sheep going astray. He came to give His life for them, and they have flocked around Him.
        The Gospel relates the Parable of the Good Shepherd, Who protects His sheep from the attacks of the wolf and rescues them from death (Collect). He also foretells that the heathen will unite with the Jews of the Old Law, and that they will form one church and one fold, under one and the same Shepherd.
        Jesus acknowledges them as His sheep, and, like the disciples of Emmaus, they in turn acknowledge that Christ is risen again (Alleluia). And, lifting up their eyes towards Him (Offertory), they return thanks for His great mercy (Introit).
      Source: Marian Missal and St. Andrew Daily Missal

READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

INTROIT:
      [Ps 32: 5-6] Misericordia. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, alleluia: by the word of the Lord were the heavens made, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: praise is comely for the upright. (). Glory be to the Father...The earth is full of ...
Kyrie... and Gloria

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.

COLLECT:
      O God, who by the humility of Thy Son has raised up a fallen world, grant to Thy faithful people abiding joy; that those whom Thou hast delivered from the perils of eternal death Thou mayest cause to enjoy endless happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

EPISTLE:
      (1 Peter 2: 21-25) Beloved: Christ has suffered for us, leaving you an example that you may follow in His steps: "Who did no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth." Who, when He was reviled, did not revile; when He suffered did not threaten, but yielded Himself to him who judged Him unjustly; who Himself bore our sins in His body upon the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live to justice; and by His stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Deo Gratias.

ALLELUIA
     [Luke 24: 35] Alleluia, alleluia. The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Alleluia. V.(John 10: 14] I am the Good Shepherd , and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me. Alleluia.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.

GOSPEL:
      (John 10: 11-16) At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees: "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. But the hireling, who is not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep; but the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the sheep. I am the Good Shepherd and I know Mine, and Mine know Me; even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd."
Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.

OFFERTORY:
     (Psalm 62: 2, 5) God, my God, to Thee do I watch at break of day; and in Thy name I will lift up my hands, alleluia

SECRET:
      May this holy oblation, O Lord, ever draw down upon us Thy saving blessing; that it may perfect in virtue what it represents in mystery. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

COMMUNION:
     (John 10: 14) I am the Good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.

POSTCOMMUNION:
      Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who obtain from Thee the grace of a new life, may ever glory in Thy gift. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers


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