Easter Friday All pre-Gospel readings


First reading: Acts 4:1-12

While Peter and John were talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, but as it was already late, they held them till the next day. But many of those who had listened to their message became believers, the total number of whom had now risen to something like five thousand.

The next day the rulers, elders and scribes had a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, ‘By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117(118):1-2,4,22-27

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, 
  for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
  ‘His love has no end.’
Let those who fear the Lord say:
  ‘His love has no end.’

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

The stone which the builders rejected 
  has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
  a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
  we rejoice and are glad.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

O Lord, grant us salvation;
  O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
  is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
the Lord God is our light.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

Sequence

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
  offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
  combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,
  yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: 
  say what thou didst see 
  upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
  from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
This day was made by the Lord:
we rejoice and are glad.
Alleluia!

 

 

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First reading: Acts 4:1-12

While Peter and John were talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, but as it was already late, they held them till the next day. But many of those who had listened to their message became believers, the total number of whom had now risen to something like five thousand.

The next day the rulers, elders and scribes had a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, ‘By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117(118):1-2,4,22-27

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, 
  for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
  ‘His love has no end.’
Let those who fear the Lord say:
  ‘His love has no end.’

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

The stone which the builders rejected 
  has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
  a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
  we rejoice and are glad.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

O Lord, grant us salvation;
  O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
  is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
the Lord God is our light.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

Sequence

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
  offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
  combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,
  yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: 
  say what thou didst see 
  upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
  from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
This day was made by the Lord:
we rejoice and are glad.
Alleluia!