The Fourth Sunday After Easter
Semi Double Feast during Paschaltide
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..
he Proper for the Fourth Sunday has for its theme the truth that the Holy Ghost will unite all hearts (Collect), will teach them all truth (Gospel, Offertory) and will convince satan and the world of the sin they have committed in delivering Jesus to death (Gospel, Communion) and in continuing to persecute Him through His Church.
Let us receive with meekness the word of truth which is able to save our souls (Epistle) and let us practise truth (Secret), that our hearts may be always set there where is true joy (Collect).
Indeed Our Lord will send from Heaven to His Church the Spirit of truth. The Holy Ghost will unite all hearts, will teach them all truth.
Source: Marian Missal and St. Andrew Daily Missal
READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
[Psalm 97: 1-2] (Cantate Domino). Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle alleluia; because the Lord hath done wonderful things, alleluia; he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. His right hand hath wrought for him salvation; and his arm is holy.
Glory be to the Father... Sing ye to the Lord...
Kyrie... and Gloria
Et cum spiritu tuo.
O God, Who makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will: grant unto Thy people to love what Thou commandest, and to desire what Thou dost promise; that amidst the various changes of the world our hearts may there be fixed where true joys abide.
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.
(James 1: 17-21) Dearly Beloved, Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures. You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger: for the anger of man worketh not the justice of God. Wherefore, casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
[Psalm 117: 16] Alleluia, Alleluia. The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength. The right hand of the Lord hath exalted me. Alleluia
V.(Romans 6: 9] Christ, rising from the dead, dieth now no more: death shall no more have dominion over Him. Alleluia!
Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.
(John 16: 5-14)
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "I go to Him that sent Me: and none of you asketh Me: Whither goest Thou? But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart. But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go; for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you: but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He is come, He will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believed not in Me: and of justice, because I go to the Father, and you shall see Me no longer: and of judgment, because the prince of this world is already judged. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the, Spirit of truth, is come, He will teach you all truth; for He shall not speak of Himself; but what things soever He shall hear, He shall speak, and the things that are to come He shall show you. He shall glorify Me, because He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it to you."
Laus tibi, Christe.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
(Psalm 65: 1-2, 16)
Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing ye a psalm to His name. Come and hear, and I will tell you, all ye that fear God, what great things the Lord has done for my soul, alleluia.
O God, who by the sacred communion of this sacrifice hast made us partakers of the one supreme divine nature: grant, we beseech Thee, that as we know Thy truth, so we may follow it by a worthy life.
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: 8) When the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment, alleluia, alleluia.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Assist us, O Lord our God, that by these gifts which we have received in faith, we may be purified from vice and delivered of all dangers.
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