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Mass Resources for Holy Saturday-Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter, Years A, B, and C

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 10, 2013

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PLEASE NOTE: the readings for the Vigil remain the same regardless of the Lectionary Year, except for the Gospel. I’ve included in this post commentaries on the Gospel for all three Lectionary Years.

This post contains links to commentaries on all seven of the Old Testament readings (and alternates), the Responsorial psalms and canticles, the Epistle reading, and the Gospel reading (see previous paragraph).

GENERAL:

  • Thoughts on the Seven Old Testament Readings for the Vigil. By Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma. In a previous post for the Third Sunday of Lent Dr Bergsma noted that: The First Readings during Lent are intended to help teach us, or at least remind us, about the broad strokes of God’s history with the people of Israel. This current post helps bring these “broad strokes” to a fitting conclusion by focusing on the covenantal connections in the Vigil’s OT readings.

Reading 1: Genesis 1:1-2:2. Shorter reading Gen 1:1, 26-31a

Responsorial 1: Psalm 104. Psalm 33 is an alternate.

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

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 104. Whole psalm.
Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 104.
St Augustine on Psalm 104. Whole psalm.
Father Fallon’s Audio Commentary on Psalm 104. Whole psalm.
Lectio Divina Commentary on Psalm 104.
Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 104.

  • Psalm 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and 22

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 33. Whole psalm.
Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Psalm 33. Whole psalm.
Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 33. Whole psalm.
St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 33. Whole psalm.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 33. Whole psalm.
Father Fallon’s Audio Commentary on Psalm 33. Whole psalm.
Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 33.

Reading 2: Gen22:1-18. Shorter reading Gen 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18.

Responsorial 2: Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11.

Reading 3: Exodus 14:15-15:1.

Responsorial 3: Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18.

Reading 4: Isaiah 54:5-14

Responsorial 4: Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13.

Reading 5: Isaiah 55:1-11.

Responsorial 5: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.

Reading 6: Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4.

Responsorial 6: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11.

Reading 7: Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28.

Responsorial 7: Psalm 42-43, or Isaiah 12, or Psalm 51 depending of circumstances.

  • Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 When baptism celebrated: Please note that the responsorial combines verses from two psalms.

Pope John Paul II on Psalm 42. Whole psalm.
Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 42 & 43.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 42. Whole psalm.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 43. Whole psalm.
Father Fallon’s Audio Commentary on Psalms 42 & 43.
Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 42-43.

  • Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 When baptism not celebrated: See Ps 51 below for an alternate.

Pope John Paul II on Isaiah 12.
Father Fallon’s Audio Commentary on Isaiah 12. On chapters 11 & 12.
Word-Sunday Notes on Isaiah 12:2-6.

  • Alternate: Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19  when baptism not celebrated.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 51.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 51.
Pope John Paul II on Psalm 51. Whole psalm.
St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 51. Whole psalm.
Father Fallon’s Audio Commentary on Psalm 51. Whole psalm.
Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 51.

Epistle Reading: Romans 6:3-11.

Responsorial after Epistle: Psalm 118.

Gospel Reading: Year A~read in 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, etc.

  • Pending: Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 28:1-10.
  • Pending: Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 28:1-10.

Gospel Reading: Year B~read in 2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, etc.

Gospel Reading: Year C~2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, etc.

One Response to “Mass Resources for Holy Saturday-Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter, Years A, B, and C”

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