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The Third Sunday After Easter

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 Church rejoices because Christ is risen again and has redeemed us (Alleluia); and so she utters cries of joy (Introit) and sings the praises of God (Offertory).
        A little while, and now you shall not see Me, and you shall lament and weep," Jesus said in His last discourse to His disciples; "and again a little while, and you shall see Me, and your heart shall rejoice"
        The Apostles, when again they saw Christ risen from the dead, were filled with the same joy to which the liturgical services for Easter give expression this day; and seeing that Easter is but a figure of the eternal Pasch, the Church will experience a similar joy when, having brought forth in sorrow souls to God, she sees Jesus again in His triumphant entry into Heaven. "He will turn our sorrow then into joy, which no man shall take from us" (Gospel).
        The head of the Church, moreover, states in the Epistle that we are here only as strnagers and pilgrims, and he enumerates the positive and negative precepts to be observed in order that those "who profess themselves Christians may be able to reject those things which disgrace the name and follow those which are becoming to it" (Collect). Our true country i not here below, so let us be total strangers to the world and its pleasures. Made free in Christ let us obey those in authority for that is God's will and to obey God is to be free. This Christion obedience and charity are pleasing to God.

      Source: Marian Missal and St. Andrew Daily Missal


      [Ps 65: 1-2] Jubilate Deo. Shout with joy to God, all the earth, alleluia. Sing ye a psalm to His name, alleluia. Give glory to His praise, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Say unto God: How terrible are Thy works, O Lord! In the multitude of Thy strength Thine enemies shall lie to Thee. (). Glory be to the Father... Shout with joy to God ...
Kyrie... and Gloria

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      O God, who dost show to them that are in error the light of Thy truth, tat they may return into the way of righteousness; grant to all those that profess themselves Christians to reject those things which are contrary to that name, and follow such things as are agreeable to the same. 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.

      (1 Peter 2: 11-19) Dearly Beloved: I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul, having your conversations good among the Gentiles; that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation. Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake; whether it be to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good; for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; as free, and not a making liberty a cloak for malice, but as servants of God. Honor all men; love the brotherhood; fear God; honor the king. Servants be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy before God: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Deo Gratias.

     [Psalm 110: 9] Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord has sent redemption to His people. Alleluia. V.(Luke 24: 46] It behooved Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, and so to enter into His glory. Alleluia.

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

      (John 16: 16-22) At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: " "A little while and you shall see not see Me; and again a little while and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father." Some of His disciples, therefore, said to one another, "What is this that He saith to us, 'A little while and you shall not see Me, and again a little while and you shall see Me'; and, 'I go to the Father'?" They said therefore, "What is this that He saith, A little while? We know not what He speaketh." And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask Him. And He said to them, "Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: 'A little while and you shall not see Me; and again a little while. and you shall see Me?' Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice; and your joy no man shall take from you." "
Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

     (Psalm 145: 2) Praise the Lord, O my soul; while I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have being. Alleluia.

      Grant, O Lord, by these Mysteries, that checking our earthly longings, we may learn to love heavenly things. 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.

     (John 16: 16) A little while, and you shall not see Me, alleluia; and again a little while, and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father, alleluia, alleluia.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      May the sacraments which we have received, we beseech Thee, O Lord, renew us with spiritual refreshment and defend us with bodily help. 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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