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Scripture Readings

Instruction: The family may choose one or two scripture readings (Bible readings) from readings number 1-3, one Psalm and one Gospel reading.  The Gospel reading is to be read by the priest.

A Reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 12: 12-13

Baptised in one Spirit to form one Body

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ.  In the one Spirit we were all baptized, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God

A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians 3:26-28

Now that you have been baptized you have put on Christ.

You are, all of you, sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  All baptized in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God

A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians 4:1-6

One Lord, one faith, one baptism.

I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation.  Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience.  Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together.  There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, who is one God of all over all, through all and within all.

The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm Ps: 26: 4, 8b-9abc,13-14

Response: The Lord is my light and salvation

The Lord is my light and my help;

Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

Before whom shall I shrink? (R)

There is one thing I ask of the Lord,

for this I long,

to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life,

to savour the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold his temple. (R)

I am sure I will see the Lord’s goodness

in the land of the living.

Hope in the Him, hold firm and take heart.

Hope in the Lord. (R)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to St. Mark 12: 28b-31

Love God with all your heart

One of the scribes came up and put a question to Jesus, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’  Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord your God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.


Taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday & Co Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

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