Second Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday

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"In today’s Gospel, the Apostle Thomas personally experiences this mercy of God, which has a concrete face, the face of Jesus, the risen Jesus. Thomas does not believe it when the other Apostles tell him: "We have seen the Lord". It isn’t enough for him that Jesus had foretold it, promised it: "On the third day I will rise". He wants to see, he wants to put his hand in the place of the nails and in Jesus’ side. And how does Jesus react? With patience: Jesus does not abandon Thomas in his stubborn unbelief; he gives him a week’s time, he does not close the door, he waits. And Thomas acknowledges his own poverty, his little faith. "My Lord and my God!": with this simple yet faith-filled invocation, he responds to Jesus’ patience. He lets himself be enveloped by divine mercy; he sees it before his eyes, in the wounds of Christ’s hands and feet and in his open side, and he discovers trust: he is a new man, no longer an unbeliever, but a believer... Dear brothers and sisters, let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to his house, to dwell in his loving wounds, allowing ourselves be loved by him and to encounter his mercy in the sacraments. We will feel his wonderful tenderness, we will feel his embrace, and we too will become more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness and love." -Pope Francis, Homily on April 7, 2013 vatican.va

Readings: Scripture Readings on USCCB.org

Entrance Antiphon: Quasi modo (Simple English Propers)

http://youtu.be/8f_msdndfes

Entrance: Christ Is Risen

http://youtu.be/-mXeA0G_xKc

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 118 Give Thanks to the Lord

Offertory: Help My Unbelief

http://youtu.be/miNIRE2rju0

Communion Antiphon: Mitte manum tuam, et cognosce (Simple English Propers)

http://youtu.be/8kI777efZ54

Communion 1: Lord, I Need You

http://youtu.be/LuvfMDhTyMA

Communion 2: One Thing Remains

Recessional: Resurrection Day

http://youtu.be/eh5jfgVbi6g