April 8

Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

‘The Blessed in Heaven,’ detail of ‘The Final Judgement,’ by Fra Angelico – Museum of San Marco, Florence (Italy)

St. Dionysius, bishop (†180). Gifted with an extraordinary knowledge of the Word of God, he taught the faithful of Corinth by preaching, and instructed Bishops of other dioceses through letters.

St. Amantius of Como, Bispo (†449). Of English origin, he became Bishop of Como, Italy, where he built a basilica in honour of Sts. Peter and Paul, in which to house the relics of the two Apostles, which he had acquired in Rome.

St. Agabus (First century). One of the 72 disciples of Jesus, he is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. He had the gift of prophecy and foresaw a great famine throughout the world (Acts 11:28) and the imprisonment of St. Paul on his return to Jerusalem (21:10-11).

St. Julie Billiart, virgin (†1816). Founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Namur and ardently propagated devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Blessed Clement of Osimo, priest (†1291). Prior General of the Hermits of St. Augustine, he  prudently reformed the laws of the Order.

Blessed Augustus Czartoryski, priest (†1893). Young Polish prince  admitted to the Salesian Congregation by St. John Bosco, despite his poor health. He died of tuberculosis at age 34 in Alassio Savona, Italy.

Blessed Dominic of the Blessed Sacrament Iturrate, priest (†1927). Spanish priest of the Trinitarian Order. He died in the odour of sanctity two years after his ordination.

Blessed Julian of St. Augustine, religious (†1606). Religious of the Order of the Discalced Brothers Minor, he bore the incomprehension of others owing to his practice of austere penances.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 3:11-26

As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John, all the people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.” When Peter saw this, he addressed the people, “You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this, and why do you look so intently at us as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence, when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you. Now I know, brothers and sisters, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. For Moses said:
A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you. Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people.
“Moreover, all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days. You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed. For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.”

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.2ab)

R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that You should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that You should care for him? R.

You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet. R.

All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas. R.

Gospel – Lk 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize Him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
He stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then He said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as He said this,
He showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
He asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave Him a piece of baked fish;
He took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about Me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And He said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”


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