Liturgy Planning

Divine Mercy Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter) - A

April 16, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [43]

First Reading

Acts 2:42-47 | All who believed were together and had all things in common.

The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.

  The many miracles and signs worked through the apostles made a deep impression on everyone.

  The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed.

  They went as a body to the Temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.


Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. | Psalm 117(118):2-4,13-15,22-24

Let the sons of Israel say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

Let the sons of Aaron say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

Let those who fear the Lord say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

I was thrust down, thrust down and falling,

  but the Lord was my helper.

The Lord is my strength and my song;

  he was my saviour.

There are shouts of joy and victory

  in the tents of the just.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

The stone which the builders rejected

  has become the corner stone.

This is the work of the Lord,

  a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord;

  we rejoice and are glad.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.


Second Reading

1 Peter 1:3-9 | You did not see Christ, yet you love him

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time. This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you may for a short time have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials; so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will have been tested and proved like gold – only it is more precious than gold, which is corruptible even though it bears testing by fire – and then you will have praise and glory and honour. You did not see him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.

Gospel Acclamation

Sequence | Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim

  offer sacrifice and praise.

The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;

and Christ, the undefiled,

hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:

  combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,

  yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: 

  say what thou didst see 

  upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;

I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;

shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:

he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen

  from the dead we know.

Victorious king, thy mercy show!


Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said: ‘You believe because you can see me.

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’


John 20:29


John 20:19-31 | Eight days later, Jesus came again and stood among them

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me,

so am I sending you.’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

For those whose sins you forgive,

they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain,

they are retained.’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:

‘You believe because you can see me.

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.

'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 118: Give Thanks to the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: IND
Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice
Composer: Haugen, Marty

Hymns & Songs

All Creatures of Our God and King
Text: Francis of Assisi
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Text: Dix, William C.
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Text: Victimae paschali laudes
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (LLANFAIR)
Text: Wesley, Charles
Easter Alleluia
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Hallelujah, My Father
Composer: Cullen, Tim
Text: Cullen, Tim
Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 6
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Text: Surrexit Christus Hodie, Latin 14th c.
Laudate Dominum
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Lift Up Your Hearts
Composer: O’Connor SJ, Roc
Text: O’Connor SJ, Roc
Publisher: GIA
Now the Green Blade Rises
Composer: French Carol
Text: Crum, John M.
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit
Composer: Lisicky, Paul
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 104: Send Forth Your Spirit
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Psalm 98: Sing a New Song unto the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Resurrection Song
Composer: McDonagh
Publisher: GIA
Sing With All the Saints in Glory
Text: Irons, William J.
Sing to the Mountains
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: OCP
We Walk by Faith
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Alford, Henry
Publisher: GIA