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Holy Saturday - Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter
April 7, 2012
Psalter: Week II
Color: White

Saints:
Daily Readings:
  • First Reading: Genesis 1:1,2:2

    1 In the beginning God created heaven, and earth.
    2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.

  • Psalm: Psalms 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35

    1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God, thou art exceedingly great. Thou hast put on praise and beauty:
    2 And art clothed with light as with a garment.
    5 Who hast founded the earth upon its own bases: it shall not be moved for ever and ever.
    6 The deep like a garment is its clothing: above the mountains shall the waters stand.
    10 Thou sendest forth springs in the vales: between the midst of the hills the waters shall pass.
    12 Over them the birds of the air shall dwell: from the midst of the rocks they shall give forth their voices.
    13 Thou waterest the hills from thy upper rooms: the earth shall be filled with the fruit of thy works:
    14 Bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for the service of men. That thou mayst bring bread out of the earth.
    24 How great are thy works, O Lord? thou hast made all things in wisdom: the earth is filled with thy riches.
    25 So is this great sea, which stretcheth wide its arms: there are creeping things without number: Creatures little and great.
    35 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, and the unjust, so that they be no more: O my soul, bless thou the Lord.

  • Second Reading: Genesis 22:1-18

    1 After these things, God tempted Abraham, and said to him: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.
    2 He said to him: Take thy only begotten son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go into the land of vision: and there thou shalt offer him for an holocaust upon one of the mountains which I will shew thee.
    3 So Abraham rising up in the night, saddled his ass: and took with him two young men, and Isaac his son: and when he had cut wood for the holocaust he went his way to the place which God had commanded him.
    4 And on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place afar off.
    5 And he said to his young men: Stay you here with the ass: I and the boy will go with speed as far as yonder, and after we have worshipped, will return to you.
    6 And he took the wood for the holocaust, and laid it upon Isaac his son: and he himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as they two went on together,
    7 Isaac said to his father: My father. And he answered: What wilt thou, son? Behold, saith he, fire and wood: where is the victim for the holocaust?
    8 And Abraham said: God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son. So they went on together.
    9 And they came to the place which God had shewn him, where he built an altar, and laid the wood in order upon it: and when he had bound Isaac his son, he laid him on the altar upon the pile of wood.
    10 And he put forth his hand and took the sword, to sacrifice his son.
    11 And behold an angel of the Lord from heaven called to him, saying: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.
    12 And he said to him: Lay not thy hand upon the boy, neither do thou any thing to him: now I know that thou fearest God, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake.
    13 Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw behind his back a ram amongst the briers sticking fast by the horns, which he took and offered for a holocaust instead of his son.
    14 And he called the name of that place, The Lord seeth. Whereupon even to this day it is said: In the mountain the Lord will see.
    15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, saying:
    16 By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake:
    17 I will bless thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the sea shore: thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies.
    18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.

  • Gospel: Genesis 22:1-19

    1 After these things, God tempted Abraham, and said to him: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.
    2 He said to him: Take thy only begotten son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go into the land of vision: and there thou shalt offer him for an holocaust upon one of the mountains which I will shew thee.
    3 So Abraham rising up in the night, saddled his ass: and took with him two young men, and Isaac his son: and when he had cut wood for the holocaust he went his way to the place which God had commanded him.
    4 And on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place afar off.
    5 And he said to his young men: Stay you here with the ass: I and the boy will go with speed as far as yonder, and after we have worshipped, will return to you.
    6 And he took the wood for the holocaust, and laid it upon Isaac his son: and he himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as they two went on together,
    7 Isaac said to his father: My father. And he answered: What wilt thou, son? Behold, saith he, fire and wood: where is the victim for the holocaust?
    8 And Abraham said: God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son. So they went on together.
    9 And they came to the place which God had shewn him, where he built an altar, and laid the wood in order upon it: and when he had bound Isaac his son, he laid him on the altar upon the pile of wood.
    10 And he put forth his hand and took the sword, to sacrifice his son.
    11 And behold an angel of the Lord from heaven called to him, saying: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.
    12 And he said to him: Lay not thy hand upon the boy, neither do thou any thing to him: now I know that thou fearest God, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake.
    13 Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw behind his back a ram amongst the briers sticking fast by the horns, which he took and offered for a holocaust instead of his son.
    14 And he called the name of that place, The Lord seeth. Whereupon even to this day it is said: In the mountain the Lord will see.
    15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, saying:
    16 By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake:
    17 I will bless thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the sea shore: thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies.
    18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.
    19 Abraham returned to his young men, and they went to Bersabee together, and he dwelt there.

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