Wednesday in Easter Week
Introit • Matt. 25, 34
Come, ye blessed of My Father, receive the kingdom, alleluia: which was prepared for you from the foundation of the world, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 95, 1. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle; sing to the Lord all the earth. Glory be …
O God, Who dost gladden us with the yearly solemnity of the Lord’s resurrection, grant in Thy loving-kindness that through the temporal feast which we keep we may be worthy to reach eternal joys. Through the same.
Epistle • Acts 3, 13-15, 17-19
Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[The miracle upon the lame man, followed by the conversion of many.]
In those days, Peter opening his mouth, said, Ye men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hear. The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he should be released. But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you. But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
And in the faith of his name, this man, whom you have seen and known, hath his name strengthened; and the faith which is by him, hath given this perfect soundness in the sight of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Be penitent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Be penitent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.
Gradual • Ps. 117, 24, 16
This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein. The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength: the right hand of the Lord hat exalted me. Alleluia, alleluia. Luke 24, 34. The Lord is risen in deed; and hath appeared to Peter.
Gospel • John 21, 1-14
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ manifests himself to his disciples by the sea side and gives Peter the charge of his sheep.]
At that time, Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. And he shewed himself after this manner. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas, who is called Didymus, and Nathanael, who was of Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter saith to them: I go a fishing. They say to him: We also come with thee. And they went forth, and entered into the ship: and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was come, Jesus stood on the shore: yet the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them: Children, have you any meat? They answered him: No.
He saith to them: Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. They cast therefore; and now they were not able to draw it, for the multitude of fishes. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved, said to Peter: It is the Lord. Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, girt his coat about him, (for he was naked,) and cast himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the ship, (for they were not far from the land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they came to land, they saw hot coals lying, and a fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith to them: Bring hither of the fishes which you have now caught.
Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, one hundred and fifty-three. And although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus saith to them: Come, and dine. And none of them who were at meat, durst ask him: Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. And Jesus cometh and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish in like manner. This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead.
Offertory • Ps. 77, 23-25
The Lord opened the doors of heaven, and rained down manna upon them to eat: He gave them the bread of heaven: man ate the bread of angels, alleluia.
With the joys of Easter, O Lord, we offer to Thee the sacrifice by which Thy Church is wonderfully fed and nourished. Through our Lord.
Communion • Rom. 6, 9
Christ rising again from the dead, dieth now no more, alleluia; death shall no more have dominion over Him, alleluia.
Purged thoroughly of the old leaven, we beseech, O Lord, that they reception of Thy sacrament may transform us into a new creation. Who livest.