Vol: 45, No.29 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( B) April 29 2018  
Response: Lord, make us authentic disciples.

1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that they may teach and exhort the people to bear fruits worthy of their Christian call, we pray R./
2. That the Catholic faithful may be exhorted to read and reflect on the Word of God and frequent the sacraments, especially the Eucharist which nourishes their lives, we pray R./
3. For Christians all over the world that the Christian faith they have embraced at their baptism may be lived with passion and determination,we pray R./
4. That our families may become abodes where faith is shared and nurtured, that family get-togethers and celebrations may become opportunities to encourage and strengthen the faith of one another, we pray R./
5 For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that encouraged by the Word of God we may humbly ask our Lord and Master for the graces necessary for living our Christian commitment, we pray R./

(Pray for community and personal needs)
Cel: God our Father, we thank you for the gift of life and sonship that you have bestowed on us. We have the opportunity of being alive and fruit-bearing branches by being attached to our Master and Lord Jesus, you Son. Give us the grace that we may not abandon these precious gifts that you have given us out of your bounty. We make this prayer
O God, who by the wonderful exchange effected in this sacrifice has made us partakers of the one supreme Godhead, grant, we pray, that, as we have come to know your truth, we may make it ours by a worthy way of life. Through Christ our Lord.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim you, O Lord, but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously, when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.
For, with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ.
Therefore, overcome with the paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts...
I am the vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruits in plenty, Alleluia! (Jn 15:5)
Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord, and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life. Through Christ our Lord.
After having reflected on Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the gospel of today presents Jesus as the True Wine. The common grapevine is mentioned throughout Scripture, often in a figurative sense. The mountain regions of Judea and Samaria, largely unsuited for grain,
were well adapted for vine growing. A vineyard was usually surrounded by a protecting wall of stones or thorny hedges to keep out destructive animals. In every vineyard was a tower for the watchman, a winepress hollowed out of a flat rock, and a vat into which the juice flowed from
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