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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Quartus Dominicus Paschae





Alleluia, Christ is risen – now the stone is cast away.

Darkness gone and sin forgiven, on this joyful day of days.

Songs of hope and love eternal from our hearts to YOU we raise.

In YOUR Death and Life’s renewal, we pour forth our joyful praise.


Alleluia, Christ is risen from HIS death upon a Cross.

Now all share a common vision, love now reigns and hate is lost.

In this feast we share the story, love’s new birth for all to see.

From God’s Almighty Glory, sign of things to ever be.


Alleluia, Christ is risen, truth and justice from the grave,

And brought forth for all who listen, new life from the Life HE gave.

Now with joyful hearts and voices joined as one we share YOUR love.

Here in Christ the world rejoices, sight now turned to God above.



ANTIPHON:         The merciful love of the LORD fills the Earth;

by the Word of the LORD the heavens were made, alleluia (cf. Psalms 33:5-6)





Christ the LORD is risen today, alleluia.  All on Earth with angels say alleluia.

Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia.  Sing of Heaven and Earth reply:  alleluia.


Lives again, our glorious King, alleluia.  Where, O death, is now thy sting?  Alleluia.

Once HE died, our souls to save, alleluia.  Where your victory, O grave?  Alleluia.


Love’s redeeming work is done, alleluia.  Fought the fight, the battle won, alleluia.

Death in vain forbids HIM rise, alleluia; Christ have opened paradise, alleluia.


Soar we now where Christ has led, alleluia.  Following our exalted Head, alleluia.

Made like HIM, like HIM we rise, alleluia.  Our the cross, the grave, the skies, alleluia.








Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 36-41


Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed:

“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made both LORD and Christ, this Jesus WHOM you crucified.”


Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles,

“What are we to do, my brothers?”


Peter said to them,

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the LORD our God will call.”


He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.



Psalms 23:1-6          The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.



Second Saint Peter 2:20-25


Beloved: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When HE was insulted, HE returned no insult; when HE suffered, HE did not threaten; instead, HE handed HIMSELF over to the one who judges justly. HE HIMSELF bore our sins in HIS Body upon the Cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By HIS wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the SHEPHERD and guardian of your souls.



Christ the LORD is Risen Today


Christ the LORD is risen today; Christians, haste your vows to pay.

Make your joy and praises known at the PASCHAL VICTIM’S Throne.

For the sheep, the LAMB has bleed, sinless in the sinner’s stead.

Christ the LORD is risen on high, now HE lives no more to die.


Christ the VICTIM undefiled, God and sinners reconciled,

When in strange and awful strife, met together death and life.

Christians on this happy day, haste with joy your vows to pay.

Christ the LORD is risen on high, now HE lives no more to die.


Hallowed, this the dawn of praise, Easter – queen of all our days;

From all compass points come forth:  East and West and South and North.

Let the peoples praise YOU, LORD; be, by all that is, adored.

Let all nations shout and sing:  glory, praise the PASCHAL KING.


Say, O wondering Mary, say what you saw along the way:

I beheld where Christ was lain:  empty Tomb and angels twain.

I beheld the glory, bright, of the risen LORD of light,

Christ, my LORD is risen again; now HE lives and lives to reign.


Christ, WHO once, for sinners bled, now the firstborn from the dead.

Throned in endless might and power, lives and reigns forevermore.

Hail, ETERNAL HOPE on high, hail our King of Victory.

Hail, THOU Prince of Life adored.  Help and save us, gracious LORD.



Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA

I AM the GOOD SHEPHERD, says the LORD;
I know my sheep and MINE know ME (John 10:14).

Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA


Saint John 10:1-10


Jesus said:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”


Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what HE was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, I AM the GATE for the sheep. All who came before ME are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I AM the gate. Whoever enters through ME will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”




The Son of Man has come to save,

The lost and dark of mind.

All men and women bound in chains,

In HIIM their freedom find.


In HIM the blind shall come to see,

The deaf shall understand,

For Jesus guides the erring soul,

With HIS redeeming hand.


So Peter learned to call HIM Christ,

And Paul to call HIM LORD;

Thus Peter died upon a cross,

And Paul beneath a sword.


And on their martyrs’ witness grows,

The Church of endless days.

Its rock no more denies the LORD,

And foe now leads HIS praise.


The SON OF MAN has come to serve

To seek and save the lost.

Blest be the LORD whose saints reveal,

The triumph of HIS Cross.
















ANTIPHON:         The GOOD SHEPHERD has risen, WHO laid down HIS life for HIS sheep,

and willingly died for HIS flock, alleluia (cf. John 10:11).



HYMN:                  THE STRIFE IS OVER


Refrain:       Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia.


The strife is over, the battle done,

now is the VICTOR’S triumph won.

Songs of rejoicing have begun, alleluia.  R.


The power of death have done their worst,

but Christ their legions has dispersed.

Let shouts of holy joy outburst, alleluia.  R.


On the third day, Christ rose again,

glorious in majesty to reign.

O let us swell the joyful strain, alleluia.  R.


HE closed the yawning gates of hell,

the bars from Heaven’s high portals fell.

Let hymns of praise, HIS triumph tell, alleluia.  R.


LORD, by the stripes which wounded YOU,

free from death’s sting YOUR servants, too.

That we may live and sing to YOU, alleluia.  R. 







HYMN:                              I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES


I know that my REDEEMER lives, what joy this blest assurance gives.

HE lives, HE lives WHO once was dead.

HE lives, my everlasting Head.


HE lives to bless me with HIS love.  HE lives to please for me above.

HE lives, my hungry souls to feed.

HE lives to help in time of need.


HE lives and grants me daily breath; HE lives and I shall conquer death.

HE lives my mansion to prepare.

HE lives to bring me safely there.


HE lives, all glory to HIS NAME.  HE lives, my Savior still the same.

What joy this blest assurance gives:  I know that my REDEEMER lives.




That Easter day with joy was bright;

the Sun shone out with fairest light,

When to their longing eyes restores,

the glad apostles saw the LORD.


HIS risen flesh with radiance glowed,

HIS wounded Hands and Feed, HE showed.

Those scars, their solemn witness gave,

That Christ is risen from the grace.


O Jesus, King, forever blest,

With constant love our hearts possess,

That we may give YOU all our days,

The tribute of our willing praise.


O LORD of all, with us, abide,

In this, our joyful Eastertide.

From every weapon death can wield,

YOUR own redeemed forever shield.


All praise to YOU, O risen LORD,

now both by Heaven and Earth adored.

To God the FATHER equal praise and God the SPIRIT now we raise.