April 2

April 2

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 2:36-41

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people, “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other Apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.” He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R. 5b)

R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all His works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. R.

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear Him,
upon those who hope for His kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine. R.

Our soul waits for the LORD,
Who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you. R.

Gospel – Jn 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried Him away, tell me where you laid Him, and I will take Him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what He had told her.


Featured Saints

St. Francis of Paola, confessor (†1507). Founder of the Order of the Minims, in Calabria, Italy, he was celebrated for his miracles and his prophecies concerning the future of the Church, as well as for his profound humility and austerity.

St. Abundius, bishop (†468). Born in Como, Italy, he was sent by Pope St. Leo the Great to Constantinople, where he firmly defended the true Faith.

St. Dominic Tuoc, priest and martyr (†1839). Dominican religious who died in Xuong Dien, Vietnam.

St. Francisco Coll y Guitart, priest (†1875). Dominican priest and popular preacher, who founded the Congregation of the Dominicans of the Annunciation in Vic, Spain.

St. Peter Calungsod, catechist and martyr (†1672). Born in the Philippines, he went with Jesuit missionaries to evangelize the Mariana Islands in Oceania. He was martyred by native pagans on the Island of Guam.

St. Appian, martyr (†306). Killed during the persecution of Maximian for attempting to prevent public sacrifice to idols, ordered by the emperor for the population of Caesarea, in Palestine.

St. Theodora, virgin and martyr (†307). At 18 years of age she was imprisoned, tortured and thrown into the sea for supporting and venerating Christians brought to the tribunal in Caesarea, Palestine.

Blessed Leopold of Gaiche, priest (†1815). Franciscan religious called the “Apostle of Umbria,” for his missionary work in that region.

Blessed Mary of St. Joseph Alvarado, virgin (†1967). She founded the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollects of the Sacred Heart in Maracay, Venezuela.


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