HOLY NIGHT – EASTER VIGIL MASS – 2ND READING – GENESIS 22:1-18 – 2ND RESPONSORIAL PSALM – PSALM 15

HOLY NIGHT 

EASTER VIGIL MASS

SECOND READING

GENESIS 22:1-18 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS

(THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM, OUR FATHER IN FAITH.) 

[God put Abraham to the test.

“Abraham, Abraham,”

he called.

“Here I am,”

he replied.

“Take your son,”

God said,

“your only child Isaac,

whom you love,

and go to the land of Moriah.

There you shall offer him as a burnt offering,

on a mountain I will point out to you.”

Rising early next morning 

Abraham saddled his ass

and took with him two of his servants

and his son Isaac.

He chopped wood for the burnt offering

and started on his journey to the place

God had pointed out to him.

On the third day Abraham looked up

and saw the place in the distance.

Then Abraham said to his servants,

“Stay here with the donkey.

The boy and I will go over there;

we will worship and come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering,

loaded it on Isaac,

and carried in his own hands

the fire and the knife.

Then the two of them set out together.

Isaac spoke to his father Abraham, 

“Father,”

he said,

“Yes, my son,”

he replied.

“Look,”

he said,

“here are the fire and the wood,

but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered,

“My son,

God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.”

Then the two of them 

went on together.

[When they arrived at the place

God had pointed out to him,

Abraham built an altar there,

and arranged the wood.

Then he bound his son Isaac 

and put him on the altar on top of the wood.

Abraham stretched out his hand 

and seized the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven.

“Abraham, Abraham,”

he said.

“I am here,”

he replied.

“Do not raise your hand against the boy,”

the angel said. 

“Do not harm him,

for now I know you fear God.

You have not refused me your son,

your own son.”

Then looking up,

Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush.

Abraham took the ram

and offered it as a burnt-offering

in place of his son.]

Abraham called this place 

“The Lord provides”,

and hence the saying today:

On the mountain the Lord provides.

[The angel of the Lord 

called Abraham a second time from heaven.

“I swear by my own self 

– it is the Lord who speaks –

because you have done this,

because you have not refused me your son,

your only son,

I will shower blessings on you,

I will make your descendants

as many as the stars of heaven

and the grains of sand on the seashore.

Your descendants shall gain possession of the gates of their enemies.

All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants,

as a reward for your obedience.”]

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

(SHORT FORM. VERSES 1-2.9-13.15-18. READ BETWEEN [ ].) 

SECOND RESPONSORIAL PSALM 

PSALM 15

R.) Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;

it is you yourself who are my prize.

I keep the Lord ever in my sight:

since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. (R.)

And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;

even my body shall rest in safety.

For you will not leave my soul among the dead,

nor let your beloved know decay. (R.)

You will show me the path of life, 

the fullness of joy in your presence,

at your right hand happiness for ever. (R.)

PRAYER

LATIN 

Oremus.

Deus,

Pater summe fidelium,

qui promissionis tuæ filios diffusa

adoptionis gratia

in toto terrarum orbe multiplicas,

et per paschale sacramentum

Abraham puerum tuum universarum,

sicut iurasti,

gentium efficis patrem,

da populis tuis digne ad gratiam

tuæ vocationis intrare.

Per Christum Dominum nostrum. 

R.) Amen. 

ENGLISH  

Let us pray.

O God,

supreme Father of the faithful,

who increase the children of your promise

by pouring out the grace of adoration

throughout the whole world

and who through the Paschal Mystery

make your servant Abraham father of nations,

as once you swore,

grant,

we pray,

that your peoples may enter worthily into the grace

to which you call them.

Through Christ our Lord. 

R.) Amen. 

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