April 2023: Mass Readings and Resources

April 2023 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for April 2023 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in April 2023

Palm Sunday – Passion Sunday

Sunday April 2, 2023

The readings for Palm Sunday Year A (Passion Sunday) show the contrast between the crowd’s praise for Jesus and their later abandonment. The readings also highlight themes of suffering, trust in God, Jesus’ humble obedience, and his crucifixion and burial. In April 2023, Palm Sunday is on April 2.

Holy Thursday

Thursday April 6, 2023

On Holy Thursday, Catholics remember Jesus’ last supper with his apostles and the establishment of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the priesthood. The readings also highlight the act of humble service through Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, teaching us to love and serve one another.

Good Friday

Friday April 7, 2023

On Good Friday, Catholics remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The readings portray the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus, emphasizing themes of redemption, faith, and the victory over death. It is a solemn day of fasting and abstinence, and special services are held to reflect on the passion of Christ and venerate the cross.

Holy Saturday

Saturday April 8, 2023

Holy Saturday is a day of both reflection and anticipation. It is a time to remember the suffering of Jesus and to hold onto hope for his resurrection. There is no specific Mass on Holy Saturday, but a prayer service may be held. The day culminates with the Easter Vigil Mass, which takes place Saturday night and marks the start of Easter.


Sunday April 9, 2023

On Easter Sunday, Catholics celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The readings for the Vigil Mass include passages about the creation of the world, Abraham’s test of faith, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the hope for restoration and renewal. The readings for Mass during the day include the proclamation of the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and the encounter of Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb. In April 2023, Easter is on April 9.

2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday April 16, 2023

The Mass readings for Divine Mercy Sunday Year A highlight the importance of unity, gratitude for God’s mercy, enduring faith, and Jesus’ merciful encounter with Thomas. These readings remind us of the power of God’s mercy, the need for faith, and the transformative impact of encountering the resurrected Christ.

3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday April 23, 2023

The Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter Year A emphasize the importance of embracing discipleship. Peter’s proclamation in the first reading highlights the Good News, while the psalm reminds us of God’s guidance. The second reading emphasizes Christ’s sacrifice for new life, and the gospel recounts the encounter of two disciples with the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. These readings inspire us to walk the path of discipleship and recognize the presence of Christ in our lives.

4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday April 30, 2023

The Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year A (Good Shepherd Sunday) emphasize Jesus Christ as our caring shepherd. The readings call for conversion, highlight God’s loving care, assure us of the ability to return to the Lord, and present Jesus as the Good Shepherd who guides and warns us against false leaders. These readings invite us to trust in Jesus and seek His guidance.

April 2023

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