EASTER VIGIL MASS
A READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH
(WITH EVERLASTING LOVE THE LORD YOUR REDEEMER HAS TAKEN PITY ON YOU.)
Now your creator will be your husband,
the Lord of hosts;
your redeemer will be the Holy One of Israel,
he is called the God of the whole earth.
like a forsaken wife,
distressed in spirit,
the Lord calls you back.
Does a man cast off the wife of his youth?
Says your God.
I did forsake you for a brief moment,
but with great love
will I take you back.
In excess of anger,
for a moment
I hid my face from you.
But with everlasting love
I have taken pity on you,
says the Lord,
I am now
as I was in the days of Noah
when I swore that Noah’s waters
should never flood the world again.
So now I swear concerning my anger with you
and the threats I made against you;
for the mountains may depart,
the hills be shaken,
but my love for you will never leave you;
and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken,
says the Lord who takes pity on you.
I will set your stones on carbuncles
and your foundations on sapphires.
I will make rubies your battlements,
your gates crystal,
and your entire wall precious stones.
Your sons will be taught by the Lord.
The prosperity of your sons will be great.
You will be founded on integrity;
remote from oppression,
you will have nothing to fear;
remote from terror,
it will not approach you.
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.
FOURTH RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R.) I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. (R.)
Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts but a moment; his favour through life.
At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn. (R.)
The Lord listened and had pity.
The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing;
O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever. (R.)
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
multiplica in honorem nominis tui
quod patrum fidei spopondisti,
et promissionis filios sacra
quod priores sancti non
Ecclesia tua magna ex parte iam cognoscat impletum.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Let us pray.
Almighty ever-living God,
for the honour of your name,
what you pledged to the Patriarchs
by reason of their faith,
and through sacred adoption increase the children of your promise,
so that what the Saints of old never doubted
would come to pass
your Church may now see in great part fulfilled.
Through Christ our Lord.