Holy Saturday , Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Luke 24: 1-12
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Reading 1 Genesis 1: 1, 26-31a

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,  the birds of the air, and the cattle,  and over all the wild animals  and all the creatures that crawl on the ground." God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying:  "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,  and all the living things that move on the earth." God also said:  "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth  and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;  and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,  and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground,  I give all the green plants for food." And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.


Psalm 104: 1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 
35

R. (30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
with the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

You water the mountains from your palace;
the earth is replete with the fruit of your works.
You raise grass for the cattle,
and vegetation for man's use,
Producing bread from the earth.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—the earth is full of your creatures.
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.


Reading 2 Genesis 22: 1-18

God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. Then God said: "Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,  and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust  on a height that I will point out to you." Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey,  took with him his son Isaac and two of his servants as well,  and with the wood that he had cut for the holocaust,  set out for the place of which God had told him.

   On the third day Abraham got sight of the place from afar. Then he said to his servants: "Both of you stay here with the donkey,  while the boy and I go on over yonder. We will worship and then come back to you." Thereupon Abraham took the wood for the holocaust  and laid it on his son Isaac's shoulders,  while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two walked on together, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham:  "Father!" Isaac said. "Yes, son,  he replied. Isaac continued, Here are the fire and the wood,  but where is the sheep for the holocaust?" Son, Abraham answered,  "God himself will provide the sheep for the holocaust." Then the two continued going forward.

   When they came to the place of which God had told him,  Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up his son Isaac,  and put him on top of the wood on the altar. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD's messenger called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Here I am!" he answered. "Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger. "Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God,  since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son. As Abraham looked about,  he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram  and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son. Abraham named the site Yahweh-yireh;  hence people now say, AOn the mountain the LORD will see."

   Again the LORD's messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:  "I swear by myself, declares the LORD,  that because you acted as you did  in not withholding from me your beloved son,  I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;  your descendants shall take possession  of the gates of their enemies,  and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing all this because you obeyed my command."


Gospel Lk 24: 1-12

At daybreak on the first day of the week  the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus  took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.  They said to them, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee,  that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day." And they remembered his words. Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb,  bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.


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