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April 23

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

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Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 4:13-21

Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say nothing in reply. So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and conferred with one another, saying, “What are we to do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done through them, and we cannot deny it. But so that it may not be spread any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name.” So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” After threatening them further, they released them, finding no way to punish them, on account of the people who were all praising God for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm – 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21 (R.21a)

R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just. R.

“The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
yet he has not delivered me to death. R.

Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior. R.

Gospel – Mk 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Featured Saints

St. Eulogious – Cathedral of Cordoba (Spain)

St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr (†997). Optional Memorial. He renounced his office of Bishop of Prague and became a monk in Rome, until being sent by the Pope to evangelize in Prussia, where he crowned his apostolic labours with martyrdom.

St. George, martyr (†fourth century). Optional Memorial. A tribune of the Roman imperial army, he suffered martyrdom for his Faith in Lydia, Palestina. He has been venerated in all the universal Church since the fourth century.

St. Eulogious, Bishop (†387). Bishop of Edessa, in Turkey who, according to tradition, died on Good Friday.

St. Gerald of Toul, Bishop (†994). During the 31years that he was Bishop of Toul, France, he fed the poor, aided inhabitants during the plague and supported monasteries.

Blessed Giles of Assisi, religious (†1262). Encouraged by the example of some friends, he became a disciple of St. Francis of Assisi and accompanied him on many of his preaching missions.

Blessed Teresa Mary of the Cross, virgin (†1910). Foundress of the Congregation of Carmelite Tertiaries of St. Teresa in Campi Bisenzio, Italy.

Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu, virgin (†1939). After having offered herself as a victim for the unity of Christians, she died at age 25 in the Cistercian monastery of Grottaferrata, Italy.

Blessed Helen Valentini, widow (†1458). Noblewoman who after the death of her husband became an Augustinian tertiary and dedicated herself to prayer, the reading of Scripture works of mercy.

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