HOLY NIGHT – EASTER VIGIL MASS – 1ST READING – GENESIS 1:1-2:2 – 1ST RESPONSORIAL PSALM – PSALM 103 – PSALM 32

HOLY NIGHT 

EASTER VIGIL MASS

 FIRST READING

GENESIS 1:1-2:2

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS

(GOD SAW ALL HE MADE, AND INDEED IT WAS VERY GOOD.) 

[In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was a formless void,

there was darkness over the deep,

and God’s spirit hovered over the water.

God said,

“Let there be light,”

and there was light.

God saw that light was good,

and God divided light from darkness.

God called light 

“Day”,

 and darkness he called

“Night”.

Evening came and morning came:

the first day.

God said,

“Let there be a vault in the waters to divide the waters in two.”

And so it was.

God made the vault,

and it divided the waters above the vault

from the waters under the vault.

God called the vault 

“Heaven”.

Evening came and morning came:

second day.

God said,

“Let the waters under heaven come together into a single mass,

and let dry land appear.”

And so it was.

God called the dry land 

“earth”

and the mass of waters

“seas”,

and God saw that it was good.

God said,

“Let the earth produce vegetation:

seedbearing plants,

and fruit trees bearing fruit with their seed inside,

on the earth.”

And so it was. 

The earth produced vegetation:

plants bearing seed in their several kinds,

and trees bearing fruit with their seed inside in their several kinds.

God saw that it was good.

Evening came and morning came:

the third day.

God said ,

“Let there be light in the vault of heaven

to divide day from night,

and let them indicate festivals, days and years.

Let them be lights in the vault of heaven

to shine on the earth.”

And so it was.

God made the two great lights:

the greater light to govern the day,

the smaller light to govern the night,

and the stars.

God set them in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth,

to govern the day and night

and to divide light from darkness.

God saw that it was good.

Evening came and morning came:

the fourth day. 

God said,

“Let the waters teem with living creatures,

and let birds fly above the earth within the vault of heaven.”

And so it was. 

God created great sea-serpents 

and every kind of living creature

with which the waters teem

and every kind of winged creature.

God saw that it was good.

God blessed them,

saying,

“Be fruitful,

multiply,

and fill the waters of the seas;

and let the birds multiply upon the earth.”

Evening came and morning came:

the fifth day.

God said,

“Let the earth produce every kind of living creature:

cattle, reptiles, and every kind of wild beast.”

And so it was.

God made every kind of wild beast ,

every kind of cattle,

and every kind of land reptile.

God saw that it was good.

[God said,

“Let us make man in our own image,

in the likeness of ourselves,

and let them be masters 

of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven,

the cattle, all the wild beast

and all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth.”

God created man in the image of himself,

in the image of God he created him,

male and female he created them.

God blessed them,

saying to them,

“Be fruitful, multiply,

fill the earth and conquer it.

Be masters of

the fish of the sea,

the birds of heaven

and all living animals on the earth.”

God said,

“See,

I give you all the seed-bearing plants

that are upon the whole earth,

and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit;

this shall be your food.

To all the wild beast,

all the birds of the heaven

and all living reptiles on the earth

I give all the foliage of plants for food.”

And so it was.

God saw all he had made,

and indeed it was very good.

Evening came and morning came:

the sixth day.

Thus  heaven and earth were completed 

with all their array.

On the seventh day 

God completed the work he had been doing.

He rested on the seventh day after all the work he had been doing.] 

The word of Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

(SHORT FORM. VERSES 1:1.1:26-2:2. READ BETWEEN [ ].) 

FIRST RESPONSORIAL PSALM

PSALM 103

R.) Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, my soul! 

Lord God, how great you are,

clothed in majesty and glory,

wrapped in light as in a robe! (R.)

You founded the earth on its base, 

to stand firm from age to age.

You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:

the waters stood higher than the mountains. (R.)

You make springs gush forth in the valleys:

they flow in between the hills.

On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;

from their branches they sing their song. (R.)

From your dwelling you water the hills;

earth drinks its fill of your gift.

You make the grass grow for the cattle

and the plants to serve man’s needs. (R.)

How many are your works, O Lord! 

In wisdom you have made them all.

The earth is full of your riches.

Bless the Lord, my soul! (R.) 

ALTERNATIVE FIRST RESPONSORIAL PSALM 

PSALM 32 

R.) The Lord fills the earth with his love.

The word of the Lord is faithful 

and all his works to be trusted.

The Lord loves justice and right

and fills the earth with his love. (R.)

By his word the heavens were made, 

by his breath of his mouth all the stars.

He collects the waves of the ocean;

he stores up the depths of the sea. (R.)

They are happy, whose God is the Lord, 

the people he has chosen as his own.

From the heavens the Lord looks forth,

he sees all the children of men. (R.)

Our soul is waiting for the Lord. 

The Lord is our help and shield.

May your love be upon us, O Lord,

as we place all our hope in you. (R.)

PRAYER

LATIN 

Oremus.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,

qui es in omnium operum tuorum

dispensatione mirabilis,

intellegant redempti tui,

non fuisse excellentius,

quod initio factus est mundus,

quam quod in fine sæculorum

Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus. 

Qui vivit et regnat

in sæcula sæculorum.

R.) Amen.

VEL:

Oremus.

Deus, 

qui mirabiliter creasti hominem

et mirabilius redemisti,

da nobis,

quæsumus, 

contra oblectamenta peccati mentis

ratione persistere,

ut mereamur ad æterna

gaudia pervenire.

Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

R.) Amen. 

ENGLISH 

Let us pray.

Almighty ever-living God,

who are wonderful in the ordering of all your works,

may those you have redeemed understand

that there exists nothing more marvellous

than the world’s creation

in the beginning

except that,

at the end of the ages,

Christ our Passover

has been sacrificed.

Who lives and reigns, for ever and ever.

R.) Amen.

OR:

Let us pray.

O God,

who wonderfully created human nature

and still wonderfully redeemed it,

grant us,

we pray,

to set our minds against the enticement of sin,

that we may merit to attain eternal joys.

Through Christ our Lord.

R.) Amen

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