Liturgy Planning

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 22, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [57]

First Reading

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 | It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.

  Then the apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:

  ‘The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.’


Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8  | O God, let all the nations praise you!

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

  O God, be gracious and bless us

  and let your face shed its light upon us.

  So will your ways be known upon earth

  and all nations learn your saving help.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

  Let the nations be glad and exult

  for you rule the world with justice.

  With fairness you rule the peoples,

  you guide the nations on earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

  Let the peoples praise you, O God;

  let all the peoples praise you.

  May God still give us his blessing

  till the ends of the earth revere him.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. or Alleluia!

Second Reading

Apocalypse 21:10-14, 22-23 | The angel showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven.

In the spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.

Gospel Acclamation

Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.’

John 14:23 


John 14:23-29  | The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words. And my word is not my own: it is the word of the one who sent me. I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return. If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.’


John 17:20-26 | Father, may they be completely one

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father, I pray not only for these, but for those also who through their words will believe in me. May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me. I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Father, Righteous One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.’

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: Let Us Rejoice
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Psalm 66: Cry Out to God in Joy
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 66: Let All the Earth
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

All You Nations
Composer: Deiss, Lucien
Text: Psalm 66
Publisher: WLP
All the Earth Proclaim the Lord
Composer: Deiss, Lucien
Text: Psalm 100
Publisher: WLP
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Text: Dix, William C.
An tAiséirí
Composer: Traditional Irish
Publisher: PD
Christ, Be Our Light
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
City of God
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Confitemini Domino / Come and Fill
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Glory and Praise to Our God
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
I Am the Bread of Life / Yo Soy el Pan de Vida
Composer: Toolan, Suzanne
Text: Toolan, Suzanne
Publisher: GIA
I Have Loved You
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: New Dawn Music
In Christ There Is No East or West
Text: Oxenham, John
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Text: Surrexit Christus Hodie, Latin 14th c.
Laudate Dominum
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Led By the Spirit
Publisher: GIA
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Text: Wesley, Charles
Make of Our Hands a Throne
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Cyril of Jerusalem
Publisher: WLP
Now the Green Blade Rises
Composer: French Carol
Text: Crum, John M.
Publisher: GIA
Send Down the Fire
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Where Charity and Love Prevail
Composer: Benoit OSB, Paul
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP