Easter Sunday

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Acts 10.34a, 37-43

Peter opened his mouth and said:
You know the things that have happened
throughout all of Judea
beginning from Galilee,
after the baptism which John preached:
Jesus from Nazareth,
him who God anointed
with the Holy Spirit and with power,
who went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.

We are witnesses of everything he did
both in the countryside of the Jews,
and in Jerusalem;
and they executed him, hanging him on a tree.
God raised him up the third day
and gave him to be revealed,
not to all the people,
but to witnesses
who were chosen beforehand by God,
to us, who ate and drank with him
after he rose from the dead.

He commanded us to preach to the people
and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God
as the judge of living and dead.
All the prophets witness about him,
a forgiveness of sins may be had through his name
by all those who believe in him.

Responsorial – Psalm 118.1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Resp. 24

R. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!
or R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.
Let Israel now say
that his loving kindness endures forever.

R. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!
or R. Alleluia.

“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
The right hand of the Lord is exalted!
I will not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.

R. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!
or R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing.
It is marvelous in our eyes.

R. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!
or R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 – Colossians 3.1-4

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek the things that are above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on the things that are above,
not on the things that are on the earth.
For you died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, our life, is revealed,
then you will also be revealed with him in glory.

Or 1 Corinthians 5.6b-8

Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast
leavens the whole loaf?
Purge out the old yeast,
that you may be a new loaf,
since you are unleavened.

For indeed Christ, our Passover,
has been sacrificed.
Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Gospel – John 20.1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene went early,
while it was still dark, to the tomb,
and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.

So she ran and came to Simon Peter,
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved,
and said to them,
“They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb,
and we do not know where they have laid him!”

Therefore Peter and the other disciple went out,
and they went to the tomb.
They ran together.
But the other disciple outran Peter,
and came to the tomb first.
Stooping and looking in,
he saw the linen cloths lying there,
yet he did not enter in.

Then Simon Peter came, following him,
and entered into the tomb.
He saw the linen cloths lying there,
and the cloth that had been on his head,
not lying with the linen cloths,
but rolled up in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple
who came first to the tomb also entered in,
and he saw and believed.
For as yet they did not know the Scripture,
that he must rise from the dead.

or Luke 24.13-35 (Afternoon Mass)

Two of them were going that very day
to a village named Emmaus,
which was almost seven miles from Jerusalem.
They talked with each other
about all of these things
which had happened.
While they talked and questioned together,
Jesus himself came near,
and went with them.
But their eyes were kept
from recognizing him.

He said to them,
“What is the subject that you are conversing
with one another about while walking?
And they stopped, sorrowful.
One of them, named Cleopas, answered him,
“Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem
who does not know the things
which have happened there in these days?”
He said to them, “What things?”

They said to him,
“The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people;
and how our chief priests and rulers
delivered him up to be condemned to death,
and crucified him.
But we were hoping that it was he
who would redeem Israel.
Yes, and besides all this,
it is now the third day
since these things happened,
and certain women of our company amazed us,
having arrived early at the tomb:
when they did not find his body,
they came saying that they had
even seen a vision of angels,
who said that he was alive.
Some of us went to the tomb,
and found it just like the women had said,
but him they did not see.”

He said to them,
“O fools and slow of heart to believe
in all that the prophets have spoken!
Did not the Christ have to suffer these things
and so enter into his glory?”
Beginning from Moses and all the prophets,
he explained to them in all the Scriptures
the things concerning himself.

They drew near to the village,
where they were going,
and he acted like he would go further.
They urged him, saying, “Stay with us,
for it is almost evening, and the day is already fading.”
He went in to stay with them.

When he had sat down at the table with them,
he took the bread and blessed it.
Breaking it, he gave to them.
Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him,
and he vanished out of their sight.
They said to one another,
“Were our hearts not burning within us,
while he spoke to us along the way,
and while he opened the Scriptures to us?”

They rose up that very hour,
returned to Jerusalem,
and found the eleven gathered together,
and those who were with them, saying,
“The Lord is risen indeed,
and has appeared to Simon!”
They related the things
that happened along the way,
and how he was recognized by them
in the breaking of the bread.

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