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Sunday 21st November

CHRIST THE KING

34th and Last Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Daniel 7: 13-14

I gazed into the visions of the night.  And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man.  He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence.  On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 92(93): 1-2, 5
Response: The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed

  1. The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed;
    the Lord has robed himself with might,
    he has girded himself with power.
  2. The world you made firm, not to be moved;
    your throne has stood firm from of old.
    From all eternity, O Lord, you are.
  3. Truly your decrees are to be trusted.
    Holiness is fitting to your house,
    O Lord, until the end of time.

Second Reading: Apocalypse 1: 5-8

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth.  He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever.  Amen.  It is he who is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him.  This is the truth.  Amen.  ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Alleluia!

Gospel: John 18: 33-37 

‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked.  Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others spoken to you about me?’  Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew?  It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’  Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews.  But my kingdom is not of this kind.’  ‘So you are a king then?’ said Pilate.  ‘It is you who say it’ answered Jesus.  ‘Yes, I am a king.  I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’

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