FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER — Year C

First Reading: Acts 4:21-27

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news in the town of Derbe and made numerous disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra and Iconium first, then to Antioch.  They gave their disciples reassurances, and encouraged them to persevere in the faith with this instruction: “We must undergo many trials if we are to enter into the reign of God.”  In each church they installed elders and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to Christ in whom they had put their faith.

Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia.  After preaching the message in Perga, they went down to Attalia.  From there they sailed back to Antioch where they had first been commended to the favor of God for the task they had now completed.  On their arrival, they called the congregation together and related all that God had helped them accomplish, and how God had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

The Word of God recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER — Year C

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145

R: I will praise Your Name forever, my Sovereign, my God.

Adona!  You are gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and of great kindness.

Adona!  You are good to all

and compassionate toward all Your works.

R: I will praise Your Name forever, my Sovereign, my God.

Let all Your works give You thanks, 0 God,

and let Your faithful ones bless You.

Let them discourse of the glory of Your reign

and speak of Your might.

R: I will praise Your Name forever, my Sovereign, my God.

Making known to all Your might

and the glorious splendor of Your reign,

Your reign is a reign for all ages

and Your dominion endures through all generations.

R: I will praise Your Name forever, my Sovereign, my God.