April 1

April 1

Monday in the Octave of Easter

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 2:14, 22-33

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. “You who are children of Israel, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which God worked through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify Him. But God raised Him up, releasing Him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held by it. For David says of Him: I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. My brothers, one can confidently say to you about the patriarch David that he died and was buried, and his tomb is in our midst to this day. But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn 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 neither was He abandoned to the netherworld nor did His flesh see corruption. God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, He poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that He received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R. 1)

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
R. Alleluia.

Keep me, O God, for in You I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are You.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
You it is who hold fast my lot. R.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because You will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will You suffer Your faithful one to undergo corruption. R.

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in Your presence,
the delights at Your right hand forever. R.

Gospel – Mt 28:8-15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced His feet, and did Him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”  While they were going, some of the guards went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

Featured Saints

Blessed Karl of Austria, king (†1922). After suffering with Catholic heroism the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the First World War, he died in exile on the Island of Madeira, Portugal.

St. Mary of Egypt, penitent (†fifth century). A public sinner from Alexandria who, out of curiosity, embarked on a ship of pilgrims headed for the Holy Land. Touched by grace in Jerusalem, she repented and led a penitential life in the trans-Jordan desert.

St. Cellach (or Celsus) of Armagh, bishop (†1129). Benedictine religious from Glastonbury, Ireland. He assumed the bishopric of Armagh at the age of 26, and strengthened it in order and discipline.

St. Hugh of Grenoble, bishop (†1132). He supported the work of the monks of Cluny in his diocese and fostered the clerical reform advocated by St. Gregory VII.

St. Gilbert, bishop (†c. 1245). He erected the Cathedral of Dornoch, Scotland, founded several hospices, and governed the Diocese of Caithness for 20 years.

Blessed Louis Pavoni, priest (†1848). Founder of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate in Brescia, Italy, for the professional and religious formation of poor boys.

Blessed Hugh of Bonnevaux, abbot (†1194). Cistercian monk, nephew of St. Hugh of Grenoble. He was the mediator in the Treaty of Venice, which established peace between Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick I.

Blessed John Bretton, martyr (†1598). Father of a family executed in York, England, during the reign of Elizabeth I, after receiving several reprimands for his perseverance in fidelity to the Church.

St. Gilbert, bishop (†c. 1245). He erected the Cathedral of Dornoch, Scotland, founded several hospices, and governed the Diocese of Caithness for 20 years.

Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira, martyr (†1993). Virgin from the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, she died in defence of her chastity in Salvador, Brazil, at the hands of a deranged aggressor.

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