A READING FROM THE PROPHET BARUCH
(IN THE RADIANCE OF THE LORD MAKE YOUR WAY TO LIGHT.)
to commands that bring life;
and learn what knowledge means.
why are you in the country of your enemies,
growing older and older in an alien land,
sharing defilement with the dead,
reckoned with those who go to Sheol?
Because you have forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
Had you walked in the way of God,
you would have lived in peace for ever.
Learn where knowledge is,
and so learn where length of days is,
where the light of the eyes
and where peace.
But who has found out where she lives,
who has entered her treasure house?
But the One who knows all knows her,
he has grasped her with his own intellect,
he has set the earth firm for ever
and filled it with four-footed beasts,
he sends the light
– and it goes, he recalls it –
and trembling it obeys;
the stars shine joyfully at their set times:
when he calls them,
“Here we are”;
they gladly shine
for their creator.
It is he who is our God,
no other can compare with him.
He has grasped the whole way of knowledge,
and confided it to his servant Jacob,
to Israel his well-beloved;
so causing her to appear on earth
and move among men.
This is the book of the commandments of God,
the Law that stands for ever;
those who keep her live,
those who desert her die.
Turn back, Jacob,
in her radiance make your way to light:
do not yield your glory to another,
your privilege to a people not your own.
blessed are we:
what pleases God has been revealed to us.
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.
R.) You have the message of eternal life, O Lord.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple. (R.)
The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
it gives light to the eyes. (R.)
The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just. (R.)
They are more to be desired than gold,
than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey,
than honey from the comb. (R.)
qui Ecclesiam tuam
semper gentium vocatione multiplicas,
ut, quos aqua baptismatis abluis,
continua protectione tuearis.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Let us pray.
who constantly increase your Church
by your call to the nations,
graciously grant to those
you wash clean in the waters of Baptism
the assurance of your unfailing protection.
Through Christ our Lord.