First Reading: From the Book of Acts 2:14, 22-32
Vrs14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them in a loud voice: ‘Men of Judaea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, make no mistake about this, but listen carefully to what I say.
Vrs22 ‘Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you know.
Vrs23 This man, who was put into your power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified and killed by men outside the Law.
Vrs24 But God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power since,
Vrs25 as David says of him: I kept the Lord before my sight always, for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me.
Vrs26 So my heart rejoiced my tongue delighted; my body, too, will rest secure,
Vrs27 for you will not abandon me to Hades or allow your holy one to see corruption.
Vrs28 You have taught me the way of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Vrs29 ‘Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us.
Vrs30 But since he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne,
Vrs31 he spoke with foreknowledge about the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades, and whose body did not see corruption.
Vrs32 God raised this man Jesus to life, and of that we are all witnesses.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Vrs1 [In a quiet voice Of David] Protect me, O God, in you is my refuge.
Vrs2 To Yahweh I say, ‘You are my Lord, my happiness is in none
Vrs5 My birthright, my cup is Yahweh; you, you alone, hold my lot secure.
Vrs7 I bless Yahweh who is my counsellor, even at night my heart instructs me.
Vrs8 I keep Yahweh before me always, for with him at my right hand, nothing can shake me.
Vrs9 So my heart rejoices, my soul delights, my body too will rest secure,
Vrs10 for you will not abandon me to Sheol, you cannot allow your faithful servant to see the abyss.
Vrs11 You will teach me the path of life, unbounded joy in your presence, at your right hand delight for ever.
Gospel Reading: From the Gospel Account of Saint Matthew 28:8-15
Vrs8 Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.
Vrs9 And suddenly, coming to meet them, was Jesus. ‘Greetings,’ he said. And the women came up to him and, clasping his feet, they did him homage.
Vrs10 Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; there they will see me.’
Vrs11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened.
Vrs12 These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money to the soldiers
Vrs13 with these instructions, ‘This is what you must say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.”
Vrs14 And should the governor come to hear of this, we undertake to put things right with him ourselves and to see that you do not get into trouble.’
Vrs15 So they took the money and carried out their instructions, and to this day that is the story among the Jews.