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Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter (May 11, 2016)

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Reading 1 and//www.usccb.org/bible/acts/20:28 ACTS 20:28-38 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesusand Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.And now I commend you to Godand to that gracious word of his that can build you upand give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.You know well that these very handshave served my needs and my companions.In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sortwe must help the weak,and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said,‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”When he had finished speakinghe knelt down and prayed with them all.They were all weeping loudlyas they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him,for they were deeply distressed that he had saidthat they would never see his face again.Then they escorted him to the ship. Responsorial Psalm and//www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/68:29 PS 68:29-30, 33-35A, 35BC-36AB R. (33a)Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. orand R.Alleluia. Show forth, O God, your power,the power, O God, with which you took our partFor your temple in Jerusalemlet the kings bring you gifts. R. Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth. orand R.Alleluia. You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,chant praise to the Lordwho rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of powerand Confess the power of God!” R.Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. orand R.Alleluia. Over Israel is his majestyhis power is in the skies.Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israelhe gives power and strength to his people. R.Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. orand R.Alleluia. Alleluia and//www.usccb.org/bible/john/17:17 JN 17:17B-17A R.Alleluia, alleluia.Your word, O Lord, is truthconsecrate us in the truth.R.Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel and//www.usccb.org/bible/john/17:11 JN 17:11B-19 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, sayingand Holy Father, keep them in your namethat you have given me,so that they may be one just as we are one.When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,and I guarded them, and none of them was lostexcept the son of destruction,in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.But now I am coming to you.I speak this in the worldso that they may share my joy completely.I gave them your word, and the world hated them,because they do not belong to the worldany more than I belong to the world.I do not ask that you take them out of the worldbut that you keep them from the Evil One.They do not belong to the worldany more than I belong to the world.Consecrate them in the truth.Your word is truth.As you sent me into the world,so I sent them into the world.And I consecrate myself for them,so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

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