Vol: 44, No.27 Divine Mercy Sunday ( A) April 23 2017  
(2nd Sunday of Easter)
Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia. (1Pet 2:2)

The Feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday is an occasion for all of us to draw near to Jesus Our Lord who gave His disciples the power to forgive sins saying, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven” and to obtain forgiveness of our sins. It reassures us of God’s unending love and mercy since God is our loving and merciful Father, and His mercy is everlasting, so that renewed by His forgiving love and graces we can confidently begin a new chapter in our life and make our life beautiful and pleasing to God. Believing what Jesus has revealed to St Faustina, “I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon the souls who approach the Fount of My mercy,” let us approach Him with true repentance of our sins and plead for God’s mercy on us and on the whole world that continues to reject His mercy and live in all sorts of sins. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God...
(St Luke gives a pictorial description of the early Christian community in Jerusalem – united in love, worshipping and praying together, and sharing with others all that they had).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:42-47)
And they (the new converts) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as many had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
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