Second Sunday after Easter
INTRIOT- Psalms 32: 5, 6
The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia: by the word of the Lord were the heavens made, alleluia, alleluia. (Ps.32: 1) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: praise is comely for the upright. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (The earth is full of the mercy…)
O God, Who, by the humility of Thy Son didst lift up a fallen world, grant unending happiness to Thy faithful: that those whom Thou hast snatched from the perils of endless death, Thou mayest cause to rejoice in everlasting joys. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
EPISTLE – 1 Peter 2: 21-25:
Dearly beloved, Christ suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow His steps who did no sin, whether it was guile found in His mouth. Who when He was reviled, did not revile: when He suffered He threatened not, but delivered Himself to him that judgeth Him unjustly: who His own self bore our sins in His body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live in justice; by whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going stray: but you are now converted to the Shepherd in the Bishop of your souls.
Greater Alleluia Luke 24: 35
Alleluia, alleluia. The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread. Alleluia.(John 10:14) I am the Good Shepherd: And I know My sheep, and mine know Me Alleluia.
Gospel John 10: 11-16
At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the Good Shepherd. The good Shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep and flieth: and the wolf catcheth and scattereth the sheep: and the hireling flieth, because he is hireling, and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine and mine know Me as the Father knoweth 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.
Offertory Psalms 62: 2, 5
O God, my God to There do I watch at break of day: and in Thy Name I will lift up my hands, alleluia.
May this holy offering, O Lord, always bring to us Thy healing blessing: that what it represents in a mystery, it may accomplish with power. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
PREFACE OF EASTER SEASON:
It is truly meet in just, right and for our salvation, certainly at all times to proclaim Thee, O Lord, but above all in this time more gloriously, when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb Who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath destroyed our death: and by rising again hath restored us to life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:
I am the good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.
Grant into us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that having received the grace of a new life, we may ever glory in Thy gift. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.