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12/04/2021 Day 102

Acts 4:23-31; John 3

Monday of the Second Week of Easter
Readings and Antiphons on p 459 of the Daily Missal 

Entrance Antiphon

Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death will no longer have dominion over him, alleluia.


First Reading: Acts 4:23-31

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

In those days:
When Peter and John were released,
they went to their friends and reported
what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
And when they heard it,
they lifted their voices together to God and said,
“Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth
and the sea and everything in them,
who by the mouth of our father David, your servant,
said by the Holy Spirit,
‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples imagine vain things? 

The kings of the earth set themselves in array,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
for truly in this city there were gathered together
against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,
both Herod and Pontius Pilate,
with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
to do whatever your hand and your plan
had predestined to take place. 

And now, Lord, look upon their threats,
and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness,
while you stretch out your hand to heal,
and signs and wonders are performed
through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 

And when they had prayed,
the place in which they were gathered together was shaken;
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and spoke the word of God with boldness.

The Word of the Lord


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 2:1-3.4-6.7-9 (R. see 12d)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Blessed are all who trust in you, O Lord.

Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
They arise, the kings of the earth;
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed
“Let us burst asunder their fetters.
Let us cast off from us their chains.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord derides and mocks them.
Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
“It is I who hanve appointed my king
on Sion, my holy mountain.”

I will announce the decree of the Lord:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask of me and I will give you
the nations as your inheritance,
and the ends of the earth as your possession.
With a rod of iron you will rule them;
like a potter’s jar you will shatter them.”

R/. Blessed are all who trust in you, O Lord.


Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.


Gospel: John 3:1-8

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus,
a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus by night and said to him,
“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God;
for no one can do these signs that you do,
unless God is with him.” 

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 

Nicodemus said to him,
“How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb
and be born?” 

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not marvel that I said to you,
‘You must be born anew.’
The wind blows where it wills,
and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know whence it comes or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Gospel of the Lord


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