March 31 St. Benjamin

Reading I : Gn 1:1-2:2 or 1:1, 26- 31a

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

or Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and 22

Reading II:  Gn 22:1-18

Ps: 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11

Reading III :: Ex 14:15-15:1

Ps : Ex 15:1-2, 3- 4, 5- 6, 17-18

Reading IV: Is 54:5-14

Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13

Reading  V:  Is 55:1-11

Ps : Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6

Reading VI: Bar 3:9-15, 32(4:4)

Psalm : Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11

Reading VII:  Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28

Ps 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

Or: Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

Opening Prayer

O God, who make this most sacred night radiant with the glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption, so that, renewed in body and mind, we may render you undivided service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Epistle : Romans 6:3-11

When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life. If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection.

We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin. When a Christian dies, of course, he has finished with sin. But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

 Psalm 117:1-2,16-17,22-23

R/ Alléluia, alléluia, alléluia !

  1. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. Let the sons of Israel say: ‘His love has no end.’
  2. The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; his  right hand raised me up. I shall not die; shall live and recount his deeds.
  3. The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes.

Gospel: Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; he has risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day?’ And they remembered his words. When the women returned from the tomb they told all this to the Eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them also told the apostles, but this story of theirs seemed pure nonsense, and they did not believe them. Peter, however, went running to the tomb. He bent down and saw the binding cloths but nothing else; he then went back home, amazed at what had happened.

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