Holy Saturday 2021 - THE EASTER VIGIL from OLV National Shrine & BasilicaJun 10, 2021
in the name of the father and the son and the
holyspirit amen the grace and peace of our lord jesus christ the love of god and the communion of the
holyspirit be with you all well with your spirit my dear sisters and brothers in On this most holy night in which our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life, the church calls its sons and daughters scattered throughout the world to gather together to watch and pray if we keep in this way the memorial of the paschal solemnity of the Lord by listening to his word and celebrating his mysteries then we will have the sure hope of sharing his triumph over death and living with him in God may the light of Christ risen in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds you angels ministers of God exalt, exalt the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our powerful kings triumph, let the earth rejoice as the glory floods with light from our return, let all corners of the earth rejoice, let the mother church also rejoice, dressed in the lightning of her glory, let this holy building shake with joy filled with the powerful voices of the people the lord be with you and with your spirit lift up your heart let us give thanks to the lord our god is right and just he is truly right and just with ardent love of mind and heart and with devotion our service to acclaim our invisible god the almighty father and jesus christ our lord his only begotten son who for our sake paid the death of adam to the eternal father and shedding his own dear blood erased the record of our in which it is You killed the lamb, the only love true whose blood anoints the doorposts.
This is the night when you once freed our ancestors, children from slavery in Egypt and made them pass through the red. This is the night that with the pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin. It is the night that even throughout the world Christian believers said apart from worldly voices and the darkness of sin leading them to grace and uniting them with their saints this is the night that Christ broke the bars of the prison of death and rose victorious to the underworld the wonder of your humble care for us oh love oh charity beyond all saying to execute some slave that you gave completely destroyed by the death of christ oh happy guilt that was so great so glory our redeemer the sanctifying power of this nocturnal display restore innocence to the fallen when the things of heaven are married to those of earth and divine to humans in this your night of grace oh holy father accept this candle a solemn offering the work of peace and your servant has a sacrifice evening of praise this gift from your most holy church therefore oh lord we pray that this hollow candle in honor of your name may perseverance overcome the darkness of this night receive it as a pleasant fragrance and let it mix with the light that this flame find still burning for the star one morning star that never says christ your son who returning from the dominion of death has shed his peaceful light on humanity and lives and reigns forever my dear sisters and brothers now that we have begun our solemn
vigilLet us listen with calm hearts to the word of God.
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Let us meditate on how God in times past saved his people and in these last days he has sent us his son as our redeemer. Let us pray that our God completes this Easter work of salvation through plenitude. of redemption a reading from the book of genesis in the beginning when god created the heavens and the earth the earth was a formless wasteland and darkness covered the abyss while a strong wind swept the waters then god said let there be light and there was light god He saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light day and the darkness he called night. So the evening came and the morning followed. The first day, then God said let there be a dome in the middle of the waters to separate one body of water from the other and so it came to pass that god made the dome and separated the water above the dome from the water beneath it god called the dome the sky came evening and morning followed on the second day then god said the water below of the sky gathered in a single basin so that the dry land appeared and so it happened the water under the sky was gathered in its basin and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land the earth and he called the basin of water the sea. God saw. how good it was then god said let the earth produce vegetation every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on the earth that bears fruit with its seed in it and so it came to pass that the earth produced every kind of plant that bears seed and every type of fruit tree on the earth that bears fruit with its seed in it god saw how good it was the evening came and the morning followed on the third day then god said let there be lights in the dome of heaven to separate the day from the night that they mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky to illuminate the earth, and so it happened that God made the two great lights, the larger to govern the day, the smaller to govern the night, and he made the stars. god put them in the dome of the sky to shed light on the earth to govern the day and night and to separate the light from the darkness god saw how good it was evening came and morning followed on the fourth day then god said that the water was united with an abundance of living beings and on earth the birds flew under the dome of the sky and so it happened that God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water is united and all kinds of winged birds God saw how good it was and God blessed them saying that they should be fertile, multiply and fill the waters of the sea and that the birds should multiply on the earth.
Evening came and morning followed on the fifth day, then God said that the earth should produce all kinds of living creatures, cattle, reptiles and wild animals of all kinds and so it happened God made all wild animals all kinds of cattle and all kinds of reptiles of the earth god saw how good it was then god said let us make man in our image according to 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 they crawl on the earth god created man in his image in the image of god he created him male and female he created them god blessed him 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 beings that move on the earth, God also said, look, I give you every plant that bears seed all over the earth and every tree that has seed that bears fruit to provide food for all the animals of the earth, for all the birds of the air and to all living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all green plants for food and so It came to pass that God looked at everything he had made and found it very good.
Evening came and morning followed. On the sixth day, thus the heavens and the earth and all his order were completed, for on the seventh day God finished the work he had been doing. He rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken the word of the lord lord send your spirit and renew the face of the earth the lord or my soul or lord my god you are great enough you are clothed in majesty and glory clothed in the light as with the clock lord send your spirit and renew the face of the earth you fixed the earth on its foundations so that it would not move forever with the ocean as with the garment you covered it on the mountains the stored water lord send your spirit and renew the face From the earth you send springs to the water courses that wind between the mountains at your side the birds of the sky live among the branches they release their song lord send your spirit and renew the face of the earth you water the mountains from your palace the earth is full of the fruit of your works you raise grass for the livestock and vegetation for the use of man producing bread from the earth lord send your spirit renew the face of the earth how many are your works oh lord in wisdom you have one more the earth is full of your creatures bless the lord or my soul lord send your spirit and renew the face of the earth let us pray almighty and ever living god that you are wonderful in the order of all your works that those you have redeemed understand that there is nothing more wonderful than creation of the world in the beginning except that at the end of time christ our passover has been sacrificed who lives and reigns forever and ever amen a reading from the book of exodus said the lord to moses why are you shouting at me tell the israelites to continue Go ahead and raise your staff and with your hands stretched out over the sea, part the sea and two so that the Israelites can pass through it on dry land but I will make the Egyptians so stubborn that they will enter after them then I will receive glory through Pharaoh and all his army his chariots and charioteers the Egyptians will know that I am the lord when I receive glory through Pharaoh and his chariots and charioteers the angel of the lord who had been leading the camp of Israel now moved and surrounded behind them the pillar of cloud coming out also from the front he took his place behind them so that he stood between the camp of the Egyptians and that of Israel but the cloud now became dark and so the night passed without the rival camps approaching all night so Moses extended his hand over the sea and the lord swept the sea with a strong east wind all night and thus turned it into dry land when the water was thus divided to the Israelites.
They marched towards the middle of the sea on dry land with the water as a wall on the right and on their left the Egyptians pursued them. All of Pharaoh's horses, chariots and charioteers followed them to the middle of the sea in the night
vigiljust before dawn. The lord cast through the column of the cloud of fire on the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a meadow and thus jammed the wheels of their chariots that could not drive or could barely drive with which the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel because the Lord was fighting for them against the Egyptians, then the Lord said to Moses: Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water may flow toward the Egyptians in their chariots and their charioteers, so Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and at dawn the sea flowed.
Returning to their normal depth, the Egyptians were fleeing headlong into the sea when the Lord threw them into the middle of it as the water flowed back, covering the chariots and charioteers of all of Pharaoh's army that had followed the Israelites into the sea. sea, not a single one. Many of them escaped but the Israelites had marched on dry land through the middle of the sea with water as a wall on their right and left, so the Lord saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians when Israel saw the Egyptians thrown away. died on the seashore and beheld the great power that the lord had shown against the Egyptians they feared the lord and believed in him and in his servant Moses then Moses and the Israelites saying the song to the lord I will sing to the lord because he is gloriously triumphant horse and chariot is thrown into the sea the word of the lord thank god let us sing to the lord has been covered in glory I will sing to the lord because it is gloriously triumphant horse and chariot is thrown into the sea sea my strength and my courage is the lord and He has been my savior he is my god I praise him the god of my father I praise him let us sing to the lord he has covered himself with glory the lord is his name the chariots of Pharaoh and army he threw into the sea the elite of his officers submerged in the red sea let us sing to the lord he has been covered in glory the waters of the flood covered them they sank into the depths like a star your right hand or lord magnificent in power your right hand or lord has destroyed the enemy let us sing to the lord he has been covered in glory you brought to the people whom you redeemed and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance the place where you set your seat oh lord the sanctuary lord that your hands are established the lord will reign forever and ever let us sing to the lord he has been covered with glory let us pray oh god that in the light of the new testament you have discovered the meaning of the wonders wrought in times past so that the red sea prefigures the holy font and the nation freed from slavery prefigures the Christian people grant us we pray that all nations that obtain the privilege of Israel by merit of faith can be reborn by participating in your spirit through Christ our Lord amen a reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah thus says the Lord all of you who are thirsty come to the water you who have no money come receive grain and eat come without paying and without cost drink wine and milk why waste your money on what is not bread your salary on what is of no use satisfy me listen to me and you will eat well you will delight in the rich fair come to me carefully listen so that you may have life I will renew with you the everlasting covenant the benefits secured to david when I made him a witness to the people a leader and a commander of the nations so you will call together a nation that you did not know and the nations that did not know you will run to you because of the lord your god the holy one of Israel who has glorified you seek the lord while he can be found call on him while he is near let the scoundrel abandon his ways and the wicked his thoughts turn to the lord for mercy to our god who is generous in forgiving where my thoughts are not yours thoughts nor your ways my ways says theLord, as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts, we are like from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there until they have watered the earth making it fertile and fruitful giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats so will be my word that comes out of my mouth my mouth will not return to me empty but will do my will achieving the end for which I sent it the word of the Lord thank you be for God you will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation God truly is my savior I have confidence and I am not afraid my strength and my courage is the lord and he has been my savior with joy you will draw water from the fountain of celebration you will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation give thanks to the lord name among the nations make known his deeds proclaim how exalted is his name you will draw water with joy from the springs of sing salvation to the lord for its glorious accomplishment let this be known throughout all The earth shouts with joy, O city of Zion, how great in your midst is the saint of Israel.
You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation. Let us pray, Almighty God and eternal soul, hope of the world, who revealed the mysteries through the preaching of your prophets. of this present age, kindly increase the longing of your people because only at the behest of your grace do the faithful progress in any type of virtue through Christ our glory Lord God in the highest glory to God in the highest and on earth we praise you we bless you we worship you we glorify you we thank you for your great glory lord god heavenly king oh god almighty father glory to god in the highest glory to god in the highest lord jesus christ only begotten son of the father you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us you take away the sins of the world receive our prayer you are seated at the right hand of the father have mercy on us because you alone are the saint you alone the lord alone you are the most high Jesus Christ with the holy spirit in the glory of God glory to God in the highest to God in the heights and on the earth let us pray, oh god, who makes this most holy night shine with the glory of the resurrection of the Lord, raise up in your church a spirit of adoption so that renewed in body and mind, I may render you undivided service through our Lord Jesus Christ. son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit god forever and ever r amen a reading of the letter to the roman brothers and sisters do you not know that we who were baptized?
In Christ Jesus we were baptized into his death, in fact we were buried with him through baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can live a new life because if we have grown in union with him through death like his we will also be united with him in the resurrection we need we know that our old self was crucified with him so that our sinful body would be removed so that we would no longer be slaves in the bondage of sin for a time . the dead has been absolved of sin if then we have died with Christ we believe that we will also live with him we know that Christ risen from the dead no longer dies death no longer has power over him as to his death he died to sin once and for all everyone and as for your life live for God consequently you should also think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus the word of the Lord thank God oh give thanks to the Lord for him he is God because his mercy is Forever he says the house of Israel is the right hand of the Lord has struck with power the right hand of the Lord is exalted I will not die but I will live and I will declare the works of the Lord the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone by the Lord He has done this, they are my sisters and brothers, the Lord be with you and with your spirit, a reading of the holy gospel as it marks glory to you, Lord.
When the Sabbath passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary, Jacobo's mother and Solomay brought spices to go and anoint him very Early, when the sun rose on the first day of the week, they arrived at the tomb and said to each other who will remove the stone from the entrance to the tomb. When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. It was very large. When they entered the tomb, they saw. To a young man sitting on the right side dressed in a white tunic and they were very astonished he said no, don't be astonished, look for Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified one who has risen, he is not here, look at the place where they put him but go and tell his disciples and Peter goes. before you to Galilee there you will see it as the gospel of the Lord told you my sisters and brothers in Christ the sense of identity of the people of Israel as a nation arises from a great historical event in which God freed them from slavery in Egypt they call this event the passover as we heard in the second reading tonight when god parted the red sea to deliver them from pharaoh's army and lead them through the desert to freedom by the mighty hand of god israel went from slavery to freedom our brothers and Jewish sisters continue to celebrate Passover every year with a lamb dinner and other foods that remember how God saved them, in fact right now they are in the middle of celebrating Passover, as it began this last Saturday, March 27, and will end next Sunday, April 4, which this year coincides with our celebration of Passover as good Jews, Jesus and his The disciples also celebrated Passover every year, in fact, on Maundy Thursday the last supper was a Passover meal in which Jesus He gave his body and blood in the Eucharist.
As Christians we also celebrate Easter, although in English we call this day Easter, it is really an Easter celebration. However, the Passover we celebrate tonight is not only the crossing of the Israelites from slavery to freedom but it is the Passover of Jesus from death to life tonight this glorious night this is the night in which we proclaim that our Lord who was crucified buried in a tomb and who descended into hell was resurrected from the dead by dying on the cross and resurrecting has freed us from the two greatest slaves in history, sin and death, just as God took the people out of Israel from slavery in Egypt through the Red Sea, so Jesus also brought us out of sin and death by rising from the dead, our identity as Christians is based on our profession of faith that Jesus has risen from the dead. dead and that we, who believe in him, have freedom from our sins and the hope that we too will be resurrected with him for the people of Israel freedom came when they crossed the waters of the red sea for Christians salvation comes through another life-giving stream and they are the same waters of baptism, Saint Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, those of us who were baptized in Christ Jesus were baptized into his death, we were buried with him through baptism into death so that just as Christ was resurrected from the dead through the glory of God the Father we too may live in newness of life baptism is the way in which the saving power of the death and resurrection of Jesus is applied to us, that is why baptism is necessary for our salvation Just as the people of Israel could not be saved from Pharaoh's army unless they crossed the Red Sea, so we cannot be saved from sin and death unless we cross the waters of baptism at the same time just as crossing the Red Sea was just the beginning of a long journey through the desert for the people of Israel so baptism is just the beginning of a long journey of life as a Christian each day we are called to live our baptismal promises by dying to sin and resurrecting to a New life in Jesus Christ means for us to say no to temptation and learn again and again to trust in the strength that Jesus gives us.
It means dying to our desire for comfort and pleasure so that we can truly serve the needs of all those people who God puts in our lives sometimes it means enduring ridicule, rejection and humiliation to bear witness to our faith in Jesus resurrection, as Saint Paul tells us, we must consider ourselves dead to sin and lies for God in Christ Jesus Jesus truly rose from the dead and so do we. we will rise with him we have this assurance because of our baptism and because we experience in our daily lives the call to eradicate sin from our souls and the hope of eternal life that revives our spirit in this liturgy now we will renew our baptismal vows it is the culmination of all prayers and sacrifices we have made during this season of Lent tonight my sisters and brothers let us take up these promises with renewed conviction and vigor let us bow tonight more than ever in today's world that needs us to be intentional disciples of Jesus Christ to bear witness to the love of God in this world to bring light to the darkness hope from despair and truly life from death this is the good news we celebrate this holy night this is the night when Jesus rose from the dead and now we are sure that sin and death has no more power over us hallelujah hallelujah amen it is death dear sisters and brothers through the paschal mystery we have been buried with Christ in baptism so that we can walk with him in newness of life and so now that our Lenten observance has concluded let us renew the promises of holy baptism by which we once renounced satan and his works and promised to serve god in the holy catholic church and so I ask you, will you renounce satan and all his works that I do and all his empty show?
Do you believe in God the almighty father, creator of heaven and earth? do you believe in jesus christ his only son our lord who was born of the virgin mary suffered death and was buried rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the father i believe in the holy spirit the holy catholic church the communion of saints the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body and eternal life I do it and may almighty god father of our lord Jesus Christ who has given us new birth through water and the holy spirit and has granted us forgiveness of our sins keep us for his grace in Christ Jesus our Lord forever Life, amen, springs forth, we are my sisters and brothers, full of hope of the risen Lord.
We now petition the father in the name of Pope Francis, our bishop Michael and all the bishops, clergy and leaders of the church. May God's wisdom, compassion and mercy guide you as you share the good news of salvation with all people we pray the lord lord hear our prayer for the heads of government around the world may the mercy of god be upon them and those to those who serve we pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for all who are troubled in spirit that they receive hope and healing through the grace of god and the efforts of their caregivers we pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for this community of faith that the lord bless our relationships and grant us purity of heart and mind let us pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for all who have joined the church tonight that god will bless them richly with joy and encouragement as they continue on their walk of faith and that these Easter days are filled with many graces and blessings. let us pray to the lord lord hear our prayer for those who have died in the light of faith that they may share the resurrection of jesus let us pray to the lord lord hear our prayer god of creation and lord of life hear our supplications and answer us with your unbreakable love For each one of us we ask this through Christ our risen Lord, Amen, let us, Oh Jesus, once again you came, let me, please, pray now, my sisters and brothers, so that my sacrifice and yours may be pleasing and acceptable to God, our almighty father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands to the praise and glory of his name for our good and the good of all his holy church unless we ask, Lord, the prayers of your people with the sacrificial offerings that have begun in the paschal mysteries that by the work of your power lead us to the healing of eternity through Christ our lord amen the lord be with you and with your spirit lift up your hearts we lift them up to the lord let us give thanks to the lord our god is right and just he is truly right and just our duty and our salvation at all times acclaim you o lord but on this night above all praise you even more gloriously when christ our passover has been sacrificed because he is the true earth that you have taken away the sins of the world by dying he has destroyed our death and by rising He restored our life, that is why each land conquers with Easter joy, each people is exalted in your praise and even the heavenly powers with the angelic hosts sing together the endless hymn of your glory while they acclaim me.
I am that you are truly holy, oh lord and everything. what you have created correctly praises you because through your son our lord Jesus Christ by the power and work of the holy spirit you give life to all things and make them holy and you never fail to gather a people for yourself so that from the rising of the sun until its setting a pure sacrifice is offered to your name, therefore, Lord, we humbly implore you that by that same spirit you sanctify with grace these gifts that we have brought you. for consecration so that they reachbe for us the body and blood of your son our lord Jesus Christ by whose order we celebrate these mysteries because on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread and giving thanks to you said the blessing he broke the bread and gave you to his disciples saying take this everyone of it because this is my body that will be delivered for you in the same way.
After the meal he took the chalice and, giving thanks again, gave it to his disciples, saying, take this, all of you, and drink from it because this is the chalice of my blood. blood of the new and eternal covenant that will be shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins do this in memory of me the mystery of faith is therefore, lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the saving passion of your son, his wonderful resurrection and ascension to heaven and while we await his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice, we look upon the oblation of your church and recognizing the sacrifice sacrificial victim with whose death you want to reconcile us with yourself grant that we, that we are nourished by the body and blood of your son and filled with his holy spirit, let us be one body, one spirit in Christ, who makes us eternal, offering you so that we may obtain an inheritance with your chosen ones, especially with the most holy virgin Mary. mother of god with the blessed joseph her husband with your blessed apostles and glorious martyrs and with all the saints in whose constant intercession in your presence we trust inexhaustible help that this sacrifice of our reconciliation may we pray lord advance the peace and salvation of the whole world Have the pleasure to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim church on earth with your servant Francis our pope and Michael our bishop the order of bishops all the clergy, the religious and all the people that you have won for yourself listen with grace to the prayers of this family that you have summoned before you in your compassion oh merciful father gather to you all your children scattered throughout the world our deceased brothers and sisters and all those who pleased you in their passing from this life give kind entry into your kingdom there we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord through whom you grant to the world everything good through it and with it and in it oh god almighty father in the unity of the holy spirit all the glory and honor are yours for forever and ever is by order of the savior and is formed by divine teaching we dare to say our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us today our daily bread and forgive us our offenses as we also forgive those who offend us and do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil deliver us Lord we pray to you from all evil and graciously grant us peace in our days that with the help of your mercy we can always be free from sin and safe from all distress as we wait for the blessed hope and the coming of our savior Jesus Christ for the kingdom of power and glory are yours now and forever Lord Jesus Christ who said to his apostles peace I leave you I give you my peace, do not look at our sins but at the faith of your church and kindly grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will who live and reign forever and ever.
Amen, my friends, may the peace of the risen Lord be with you. you always and with your spirit and may that peace enter now into your hearts and into your homes and into all with whom you share peace tonight take this away from us behold the lamb of god behold he who takes away the sins of the world blessed are the called to the supper of the lamb lord I am not worthy that you come under my roof but just say the word and my soul will be healed this is this is I am the seed I am and let us be pray, pour out upon us, oh lord, the spirit of your love and in your goodness make those whom you have nourished with this paschal sacrament be one in mind and heart through christ our lord, amen and our prayer now for the canonization of father baker, lord, you gave us your servant nelson. baker as an example of service to the homeless poor and to the youth by father baker's heart and concern for the needy inflame our hearts and wise men with compassion for the poor justice for the oppressed hope for the troubled and courage for those who doubt we pray through the intercession of our lady victoria if it is your will that your servant nelson baker one day be canonized amen glory to the father and to the son and to the holy spirit as it was in the beginning now and always will be world without end amen, glory to the father, to the son and to the holy spirit, as it was in the beginning, now and always will be the outside world, and amen, glory to the father, to the son and to the holy spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and always will be the world without and amen our lady of victory pray for us the lord be with you and with his spirit please bow your heads now and pray for the blessing of god may almighty god bless you during today's paschal solemnity and in his compassion defend you from all assault of sin.
Amen and may he who restores you to eternal life in the resurrection of his only begotten son grant you the prize of immortality. Amen now that the days of the Lord's passion have come to an end. who celebrate the joy of the paschal festival come with the help of Christ and exalted in spirit to those festivals that are celebrated in eternal joy amen and may the blessing of almighty god father and son and the holy spirit descend upon you and remain with you forever always amen go in the peace of christ have a happy and blessed
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