Vol: 44, No.28 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER ( A) April 30 2017  
Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia. (Ps 65:1-2)

During this Easter season we are reminded of the lasting legacy bequeathed to us by our Heavenly Father by raising Jesus from death. Unlike the material and temporal liberation He carried out for His people in bondage in Egypt the resurrection of Jesus, and consequently our own, is a liberation that is timeless, increasingly felt when believed in and professed. In the second reading of today St Peter tells the early Christians that they, as well as we, can place our faith and hope in God because it is He who has taken Jesus to himself by raising him as a token of our salvation. With that faith let us come together to thank the Lord in this Eucharist. Let us begin the celebration with a sincere act of penitence. (Pause)

I Confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest...

May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(Resurrection of Jesus is the essence of Peter’s first missionary speech at Pentecost).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:14, 22-33)
Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed the multitude, “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know – this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will dwell in hope. For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let thy Holy One see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.’
“Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.”
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