Fourth Sunday After Easter
Introit • Ps. 97, 1, 2
Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle, alleluia; for the Lord hath done wonderful things, alleluia; He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the gentiles, alleluia, alleluias. Ps. 97, 1. His right hand hath wrought for Him salvation: and His arm is holy. Glory be …
O God, Who dost make the minds of the faithful to be of one accord, grant Thy peoples that they may love what Thou commandest and desire what Thou dost promise, so that, amid the changing things of this world, our hearts may be set where true joys abide. Through the same.
Epistle • James 1, 17-21
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed James the Apostle.
[The benefit of tribulations. Prayer with faith. God is the author of all good, but not of evil. We must be slow to anger and not hearers only, but doers of the word. Of bridling the tongue and of pure religion.]
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 engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Alleluia, alleluia Ps. 117, 16. The right hand of the Lord hath wrought power; the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me. Alleluia. Rome. 6, 9. Christ, rising from the dead, now dieth not; death shall no more have dominion over Him. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 16, 5-14
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[The conclusion of Christ’s last discourse to his disciples.]
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 shew you. He shall glorify me; because he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you.
Offertory • Ps. 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 you that fear God, what great things the Lord hath done for my soul, alleluia.
O God, Who through the holy relationship of this sacrament, hast made us partakers of one supreme divinity, grant, we beseech Thee, that, as we know Thy truth, so we may follow it with worthy behavior. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 16, 8
When the Paraclete shall come, the Spirit of truth, He shall convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgement, alleluia, alleluia.
Be near us, O Lord, our God, that, through those things which we have faithfully received, we may both be cleansed of sin and rescued from all dangers. Through our Lord.