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Easter Season: the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday together comprise what the General Instruction terms "the great Sunday"(1). The feast of Pentecost now concludes the Easter season and the week between Ascension and Pentecost should be a time of preparation and expectation for the coming of the Spirit.

(Ref. "Catholic Culture").

[Ref. Daily Readings: Universalis.com; Bible Quotes: New Revised Standard Version;  Reflections (1): CatholicCulture.org ; (2): Archbishop's Spiritual Reflection; (3): Novena Church contributors]

Thursday (1 June): Thursday, Seventh Week of Easter, Lit Colour: RedSt. Justin, Martyr, memorial; Reflections (1);  

  • 1st Reading: Ac 22:30, 23:6-11; Responsorial Psalm Ps 15:1-2a, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; Gospel: Jn 17:20-26;
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: Preserve me, Lord, I take refuge in you, OR Alleluia.

Wednesday (31 May): Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Maryfeast, Lit Colour: White; Reflections (1); 

  • 1st Reading: Zeph 3:14-18 OR Rom 12:9-16b; Responsorial Psalm Ps Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6; Gospel: Lk 1:39-56;
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel., OR Alleluia.​

Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord, 
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name. 

His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation. 
He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly; 
he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty. 
He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy, 
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

Monday (29 May): Monday, Seventh Week of Easter, Lit Colour: White; Reflections (1); 

  • 1st Reading: Ac 19:1-8; Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 4-5ac, 6-7ab; Gospel: Jn 16:29-33;
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, OR Alleluia.​

"We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies."
- St. Justin (from "AZ Quotes")

"When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.'"
Luke 1:41-42 (Feast, Visitation of BVM, YearA)

Tuesday (30 May): Tuesday, Seventh Week of Easter, Lit Colour: White; Reflections (1); 

  • 1st Reading: Ac 20:17-27; Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:10-11, 20-21; Gospel: Jn 17:1-11a;
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, OR Alleluia.​

​​​Mass Readings

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