EASTER VIGIL MASS
A READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH
(COME TO ME AND YOUR SOUL WILL LIVE, AND I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH YOU.)
Thus says the Lord:
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty;
though you have no money, come!
Buy corn without money,
and, at no cost,
wine and milk.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me
and you will have good things to eat
and rich food to enjoy.
come to me;
and your soul will live.
With you I will make an everlasting covenant
out of the favour promised to David.
I have made of you a witness to the peoples,
a leader and a master of the nations.
you will summon a nation you never knew,
those unknown will come hurrying to you,
for the sake of the Lord your God,
of the Holy One of Israel
who will glorify you.
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found,
call to him while he is still near.
Let the wicked man abandon his way,
the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn back to the Lord
who will take pity on him,
to our God who is rich in forgiving;
for my thoughts are not your thoughts,
my ways not your ways
– it is the Lord who speaks.
Yes, the heavens are as high above the earth
as my ways are above your ways,
my thoughts above your thoughts.
Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens
and do not return without watering the earth,
making it yield
and giving growth to provide seed for the sower
and bread for the eating,
so the word that goes from my mouth
does not return to me empty,
without carrying out my will
and succeeding in what it was sent to do.
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.
FIFTH RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R.) With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation. (R.)
Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name. (R.)
Sing a psalm to the Lord!
For he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (R.)
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
spes unica mundi,
auger populi tui vota placatus,
quia in nullo fidelium nisi ex tua
quarumlibet incrementa virtutum.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Let us pray.
Almighty ever-living God,
sole hope of the world,
who by the preaching of your Prophets
unveiled the mysteries of this present age,
the longing of your people,
for only at the prompting of your grace
do the faithful progress in any kind of virtue.
Through Christ our Lord.