A READING FROM THE PROPHET EZEKIEL
(I SHALL POUR CLEAN WATER OVER YOU, AND I SHALL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART.)
The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows:
“Son of man,
the members of the House of Israel used to live in their own land,
but they defiled it by their conduct and actions.
I then discharged my fury at them
because of the blood they shedin their land
and the idols with which they defiled it.
I scattered them among the nations
and dispersed them in foreign countries.
I sentenced them as their conduct and actions deserved.
And now they have profaned my holy name
among the nations where they have gone,
so that people say of them,
‘These are the people of the Lord:
they have been exiled from his land.’
But I have been concerned about my holy name,
which the House of Israel has profaned among the nations
where they have gone.
say to the House of Israel,
‘The Lord says this:
I am not doing this for my sake,
House of Israel,
but for the sake of my holy name,
which you have profaned among the nations
where you have gone.
I mean to display the holiness of my great name,
which has been profaned among the nations,
which you have profaned among them.
And the nations will learn
that I am the Lord
– it is the Lord who speaks –
when I display my holiness for your sake
before their eyes.
Then I am going to take you from among the nations
and gather you together from all the foreign countries,
and bring you home to your own land.
I shall pour clean water over you
and you will be cleansed;
I shall cleanse you of all your defilement
and all your idols.
I shall give you a new heart,
and put a new spirit in you;
I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies
and give you a heart of flesh instead.
I shall put my spirit in you,
and make you keep my laws
and sincerely respect my observances.
You will live in the land which I gave your ancestors,
You shall be my people
and I will be your God.’”
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.
SEVENTH RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R.) Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God.
My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God? (R.)
These things I will remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I would lead the rejoicing crowd
into the house of God,
amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,
the throng wild with joy. (R.)
O send forth your light and your truth;
let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain
to the place where you dwell. (R.)
And I will come to the altar of God,
the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,
O God, my God. (R.)
ALTERNATIVE RESPONSORIAL PSALM
If a Baptism takes place the fifth Responsorial Psalm is used or Psalm 50 as follows.
R.) A pure heart create for me, O God.
A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit. (R.)
Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you. (R.)
For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn. (R.)
et lumen æternum,
respice propitius ad totius
Ecclesiæ mirabile sacramentum
et opus salutis humanæ
perpetuæ dispositionis effectu
totusque mundus experiatur
et per ipsum Christum redire
omnia in integrum,
a quo sumpsere principium.
Qui vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculorum.
qui nos ad celebrandum
da nobis intellegere
ut ex perceptione
firma sit exspectatio futurorum.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Let us pray.
O God of unchanging power
and eternal light,
look with favour on the wondrous mystery
of the whole Church
and serenely accomplish the work of human salvation,
which you planned from all eternity;
may the whole world know and see
that what was cast down is raised up,
what had become old is made new,
and all things are restored to integrity through Christ,
just as by him they came into being.
Who lives and reigns, for ever and ever.
Let us pray.
who by the pages of both Testaments
instruct and prepare us to celebrate
the Paschal Mystery,
grant that we may comprehend your mercy,
so that the gifts we receive from you this night
may confirm our hope of the gifts to come.
Through Christ our Lord.