Introit: Psalm xxxii: 5-6
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, alleluia: by the word of the Lord were the heavens made, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps.] Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: praise is comely for the upright. Glory be.... The earth....
O God, who by the humility of Thy Son has raised up a fallen world, grant to Thy faithful people abiding joy; that those whom Thou hast delivered from the perils of eternal death Thou mayest cause to enjoy endless happiness.
Epistle: 1 Peter ii: 21-25
A reading from the Epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle:
Alleluia: Luke xxiv: 35
Alleluia, alleluia. The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Alleluia. I am the Good Shepherd , and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me. Alleluia
Gospel: John x: 11-16
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John:
At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. But the hireling, who is not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep; but the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd and I know Mine, and Mine know Me; even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd."
Offertory: Ps. lxii: 2, 5
O God, my God, to Thee do I watch at break of day; and in Thy name I will lift up my hands, alleluia
May this holy oblation, O Lord, ever draw down upon us Thy saving blessing; that it may perfect in virtue what it represents in mystery.
I am the Good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who obtain from Thee the grace of a new life, may ever glory in Thy gift.