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Holy Saturday Night: The Easter Vigil
April 3, 2010
Psalter: Proper
Color: Violet

Daily Readings:
  • First Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:2, 22: 1-18

    1 . In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.
    2 . But the earth was empty and unoccupied, and darknesses were over the face of the abyss; and so the Spirit of God was brought over the waters.
    3 . And God said, “Let there be light.” And light became.
    4 . And God saw the light, that it was good; and so he divided the light from the darknesses.
    5 . And he called the light, ‘Day,’ and the darknesses, ‘Night.’ And it became evening and morning, one day.
    6 . God also said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide waters from waters.”
    7 . And God made a firmament, and he divided the waters that were under the firmament, from those that were above the firmament. And so it became.
    8 . And God called the firmament ‘Heaven.’ And it became evening and morning, the second day.
    9 . Truly God said: “Let the waters that are under heaven be gathered together into one place; and let the dry land appear.” And so it became.
    10 . And God called the dry land, ‘Earth,’ and he called the gathering of the waters, ‘Seas.’ And God saw that it was good.
    11 . And he said, “Let the land spring forth green plants, both those producing seed, and fruit-bearing trees, producing fruit according to their kind, whose seed is within itself, over all the earth.” And so it became.
    12 . And the land brought forth green plants, both those producing seed, according to their kind, and trees producing fruit, with each having its own way of sowing, according to its species. And God saw that it was good.
    13 . And it became evening and the morning, the third day.
    14 . Then God said: “Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven. And let them divide day from night, and let them become signs, both of the seasons, and of the days and years.
    15 . Let them shine in the firmament of heaven and illuminate the earth.” And so it became.
    16 . And God made two great lights: a greater light, to rule over the day, and a lesser light, to rule over the night, along with the stars.
    17 . And he set them in the firmament of heaven, to give light over all the earth,
    18 . and to rule over the day as well as the night, and to divide light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
    19 . And it became evening and morning, the fourth day.
    20 . And then God said, “Let the waters produce animals with a living soul, and flying creatures above the earth, under the firmament of heaven.”
    21 . And God created the great sea creatures, and everything with a living soul and the ability to move that the waters produced, according to their species, and all the flying creatures, according to their kind. And God saw that it was good.
    22 . And he blessed them, saying: “Increase and multiply, and fill the waters of the sea. And let the birds be multiplied above the land.”
    23 . And it became evening and morning, the fifth day.
    24 . God also said, “Let the land produce living souls in their kind: cattle, and animals, and wild beasts of the earth, according to their species.” And so it became.
    25 . And God made the wild beasts of the earth according to their species, and the cattle, and every animal on the land, according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
    26 . And he said: “Let us make Man to our image and likeness. And let him rule over the fish of the sea, and the flying creatures of the air, and the wild beasts, and the entire earth, and every animal that moves on the earth.”
    27 . And God created man to his own image; to the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.
    28 . And God blessed them, and he said, “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the flying creatures of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
    29 . And God said: “Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant upon the earth, and all the trees that have in themselves the ability to sow their own kind, to be food for you,
    30 . and for all the animals of the land, and for all the flying things of the air, and for everything that moves upon the earth and in which there is a living soul, so that they may have these on which to feed.” And so it became.
    31 . And God saw everything that he had made. And they were very good. And it became evening and morning, the sixth day.

    2 :1 . And so the heavens and the earth were completed, with all their adornment.
    2 . And on the seventh day, God fulfilled his work, which he had made. And on the seventh day he rested from all his work, which he had accomplished.

    [Genesis 22 ]
    1 . After these things occurred, God tested Abraham, and he said to him, “Abraham, Abraham.” And he answered, “Here I am.”
    2 . He said to him: “Take your only begotten son Isaac, whom you love, and go into the land of vision. And there you shall offer him as a holocaust upon one of the mountains, which I will show to you.”
    3 . And so Abraham, getting up in the night, harnessed his donkey, taking with him two youths, and his son Isaac. And when he had cut wood for the holocaust, he traveled toward the place, as God had instructed him.
    4 . Then, on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place at a distance.
    5 . And he said to his servants: “Wait here with the donkey. I and the boy will hurry further ahead to that place. After we have worshipped, will return to you.”
    6 . He also took the wood for the holocaust, and he imposed it upon his son Isaac. And he himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as the two continued on together,
    7 . Isaac said to his father, “My father.” And he answered, “What do you want, son?” “Behold,” he said, “fire and wood. Where is the victim for the holocaust?”
    8 . But Abraham said, “God himself will provide the victim for the holocaust, my son.” Thus they continued on together.
    9 . And they came to the place that God had shown to him. There he built an altar, and he set the wood in order upon it. And when he had bound his son Isaac, he laid him on the altar upon the pile of wood.
    10 . And he reached out his hand and took hold of the sword, in order to sacrifice his son.
    11 . And behold, an Angel of the Lord called out from heaven, saying, “Abraham, Abraham.” And he answered, “Here I am.”
    12 . And he said to him, “Do not extend your hand over the boy, and do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, since you have not spared your only begotten son for my sake.”
    13 . Abraham lifted up his eyes, and he saw behind his back a ram among the thorns, caught by the horns, which he took and offered as a holocaust, instead of his son.
    14 . And he called the name of that place: ‘The Lord Sees.’ Thus, even to this day, it is said: ‘On the mountain, the Lord will see.’
    15 . Then the Angel of the Lord called out to Abraham a second time from heaven, saying:
    16 . “By my own self, I have sworn, says the Lord. Because you have done this thing, and have not spared your only begotten son for my sake,
    17 . I will bless you, and I will multiply your offspring like the stars of heaven, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies.
    18 . And in your offspring, all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you obeyed my voice.”

  • Psalm: Psalms Ps 104:1-2,5-6,10,12,13-14,24,35; Ps 16:5,8,9-10,

    [Psalm 104 ]
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    1 . To David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are exceedingly great. You have clothed yourself with confession and beauty;
    2 . you are dressed with light like a garment, while you stretch out heaven like a tent.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    5 . You founded the earth upon its stable base. It will not be bent from age to age.
    6 . The abyss, like a garment, is its clothing. The waters will remain standing above the mountains.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    10 . You spring forth fountains in steep valleys. The waters will cross through the midst of the mountains.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    12 . Above them, the flying things of the air will dwell. From the midst of the rocks, they will utter voices.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    13 . You irrigate the mountains from your heights. The earth will be satiated from the fruit of your works,
    14 . producing grass for cattle and herbs for the service of men. So may you draw bread from the earth,
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    24 . How great are your works, O Lord! You have made all things in wisdom. The earth has been filled with your possessions.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    35 . Let sinners fade away from the earth, along with the unjust, so that they may not be. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

     

    [Psalm 16 ]
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    5 . Perfect my steps in your paths, so that my footsteps may not be disturbed.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    8 . From those who resist your right hand, preserve me like the pupil of your eye. Protect me under the shadow of your wings,
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    9 . from the face of the impious who have afflicted me. My enemies have surrounded my soul.
    10 . They have concealed their fatness; their mouth has been speaking arrogantly.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    11 . They have cast me out, and now they have surrounded me. They have cast their eyes down to the earth.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

  • Second Reading: Romans 6:3-11

    3 . Do you not know that those of us who have been baptized in Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death?
    4 . For through baptism we have been buried with him into death, so that, in the manner that Christ rose from the dead, by the glory of the Father, so may we also walk in the newness of life.
    5 . For if we have been planted together, in the likeness of his death, so shall we also be, in the likeness of his resurrection.
    6 . For we know this: that our former selves have been crucified together with him, so that the body which is of sin may be destroyed, and moreover, so that we may no longer serve sin.
    7 . For he who has died has been justified from sin.
    8 . Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live together with Christ.
    9 . For we know that Christ, in rising up from the dead, can no longer die: death no longer has dominion over him.
    10 . For in as much as he died for sin, he died once. But in as much as he lives, he lives for God.
    11 . And so, you should consider yourselves to be certainly dead to sin, and to be living for God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Gospel: Luke 24:1-12

    1 . Then, on the first Sabbath, at very first light, they went to the tomb, carrying the aromatic spices that they had prepared.
    2 . And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb.
    3 . And upon entering, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
    4 . And it happened that, while their minds were still confused about this, behold, two men stood beside them, in shining apparel.
    5 . Then, since they were afraid and were turning their faces toward the ground, these two said to them: “Why do you seek the living with the dead?
    6 . He is not here, for he has risen. Recall how he spoke to you, when he was still in Galilee,
    7 . saying: ‘For the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ ”
    8 . And they called to mind his words.
    9 . And returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven, and to all the others.
    10 . Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women who were with them, who told these things to the Apostles.
    11 . But these words seemed to them a delusion. And so they did not believe them.
    12 . But Peter, rising up, ran to the tomb. And stooping down, he saw the linen cloths positioned alone, and he went away wondering to himself about what had happened.

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