Fifth Sunday of Easter
FIRST READING: Acts 14: 21 - 27
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch:
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith: and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had ordained to them priests in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed.
24 And passing through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia.
25 And having spoken the word of the Lord in Perge, they went down into Attalia.
26 And thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been delivered to the grace of God, unto the work which they accomplished.
27 And when they were come and had assembled the church, they related what great things God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
PSALM: Psalms 145: 8 - 13
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful: patient and plenteous in mercy.
9 The Lord is sweet to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 Let all thy works, O lord, praise thee: and let thy saints bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom: and shall tell of thy power:
12 To make thy might known to the sons of men: and the glory of the magnificence of thy kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages: and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words: and holy in all his works.
SECOND READING: Revelation 21: 1 - 5
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more.
2 And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write, for these words are most faithful and true.
GOSPEL: John 13: 31 - 35
31 When he therefore was gone out, Jesus said: Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32 If God be glorified in him, God also will glorify him in himself; and immediately will he glorify him.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek me; and as I said to the Jews: Whither I go you cannot come; so I say to you now.
34 A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.