Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word at Home

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Proclaiming the Gospel at Home

Liturgical Ministries:
• Leader
• Three Lectors
• Volunteer to lead reflection on the Word

It might help to prepare the space for prayer. Perhaps clear a table, place a cloth on it, and present the Bible prominently in the middle. Lighting candles on the table and sitting around it will also be of help. 

It is recommended to print this resource and turn off all computers, tablets, and phones.

This guide only contains a help to proclaiming and reflecting upon the Gospel reading, but you are able to include all readings, which you can find at usccb.org.

Note: Leader’s words are italicized. The assembly’s responses are in bold.

Fifth Sunday of Easter


Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

All: Amen

Let us praise the Lord Jesus Christ, who is present among us and in his Word, and who keeps us united in love. Bless the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

Blessed be God forever.


Once again, we gather to be the Church of Christ.
Christ is with us, as he promised: present in this assembly of his people,
And in the proclamation of his word.

In the Gospel today, Jesus compassionately reminds his disciples of his relationship to the Father. He clearly states that there is – to use an old religious expression – “plenty good room” in God’s Kingdom, and he explains that those who believe in him will live their lives as he does.
Let us pray that we can be like Jesus, and through him know the Father and extend the love of God to all we meet.

Penitential Rite

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins.

I confess to almighty God
And to you, my brothers and sisters,
That I have greatly sinned
In my thoughts and in my words
In what I have done and
In what I have failed to do,
(striking chest) through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault,
Therefore I ask the blessed Mary ever-virgin,
All the angles and saints,
And you, my brothers and sisters,
To pray for me to the Lord our God.

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Having recalled God’s saving mercy, let us joyfully proclaim God’s glory!


Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, 
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory, 
Lord God, heavenly King, O God almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, 
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, 
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; 
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; 
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.  

For You alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy 3Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.  

Let us now be attentive to the Holy Gospel.

First Reading | Acts 6:1-7

Reader: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

As the number of disciples continued to grow,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.”
The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
They presented these men to the apostles
who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Second Reading | 1 Peter 2:4-9

Reader: A Reading from the First Letter of St. Peter

Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings
but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
and, like living stones,
let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it says in Scripture:
Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion,
a cornerstone, chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.
Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,
A stone that will make people stumble,
and a rock that will make them fall.
They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.
You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people of his own,
so that you may announce the praises” of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Gospel Acclamation | John 14:6

Reader: Alleluia, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia!

I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father, except through me.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Gospel | John 14:1-12

Reader: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.

If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”

Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.

The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

It is important to think about how the Gospel changes our lives. Let us take a few moments to reflect on what we have heard and speak about how the Gospel calls us to live at this time.  

Shared Reflection on the Word

If your pastor has shared with you a reflection on this week’s readings, please share that with the group at this time. Following are questions for prayer to help people discuss their reaction to the readings and, if available, the reflections provided by the clergy.

• [if available] How will the homily you heard help you live these readings over the next week?
• [if available] How has the homily offered a positive challenge to how to live our faith at this time?
• What images, phrases, or notions from the readings most impacted you? Why?
• Do you notice a consistent theme across today’s readings? Where in the readings do you find this theme?
• How can we extend the welcome to God’s love that Jesus shares?
• How can we do the works that Jesus does?

Remembering that the Good News always calls us to be followers of Christ, let us entrust ourselves to him now with our petitions.

General Intercessions

We pray for our Church, that we may continue to be a beacon of faith, hope, and love during this difficult time. We pray to the Lord.  Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for leaders in our Church, that they may be encouraged in faith and continue proclaiming the Good News. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those clergy who are not able to celebrate with their parishioners, that they remain bold in spirit and consoled in their vocations. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our payer.

We pray for our civic leaders, that they respond attentively to those who are in need during this time of difficulty. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of those who have no one to pray for them, for those who have no safe place to shelter, and for those who have no access to healthcare during this difficult time, that they might receive the support of their community to promote their well-being. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for healthcare workers, that they may remain safe, healthy, and cared for during this time of stress and danger. We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For whom and for what else shall we pray at this time?

[after the last prayer, pause a few moments]

We pray to the Lord.Lord, hear our prayer.

Profession of Faith

Let us together profess the mark of our faith:

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.  

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
(bowing) and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
(standing upright) For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.  

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.  

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

At the savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father…

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil
Graciously grant peace in our days,
That, by the help of your mercy,
We may be always free from sin
And safe from all distress,
As we await the blessed hope
And coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

We are thankful to God for his Word and for our communion in faith. As we conclude our prayer, let us remember that God remains with us and that we remain his Church.

Concluding Rite
(While all make the sign of the cross)
May almighty God bless us,
Protect us from all evil,
And bring us to everlasting life.


Let us go in peace, glorifying the Lord by our lives.

Thanks be to God! Alleluia, alleluia!