The Gospel Verse is sung by the congregation to introduce the gospel reading for the day. We pay special attention to the reading from one of the Gospels as a way of
revealing that the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ crucified and risen is at heart of all of the readings. The “stand-by” Gospel Verse is printed in the hymnal: “Alleluia. Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.” These are the words from Peter’s mouth when Jesus asked him if he wanted to leave as many others were doing.