May 2 2023

May 2 2023

Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

1st Reading – ACTS 11:19-26

Now they who had been dispersed by the persecution that arose on occasion of Stephen, went about as far as Phenice and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only.

But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they went to Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus.

And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believing, were converted to the Lord.

And the tidings came to the ears of the church that was at Jerusalem, touching these things: and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch.

Who, when he came and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced: and he exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord.

For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.

And Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch.

And they conversed there in the church a whole year; and they taught a great multitude so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians.

 

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (117:1a) All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!

R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those who know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
“One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.”

R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.”

R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

 

Alleliua – John 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel – John 10:22-30

And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem: and it was winter.

And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.

The Jews, therefore, came round about him, and said to him: How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

Jesus answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me.

But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.

My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me.

And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish forever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand.

That which my Father has given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.

I and the Father are one.

Love Offering: