Nine readings are assigned to the Easter Vigil: seven from the Old Testament and two from the New. For all readings, see the print edition of Living with Christ.
FIRST READING – shorter (Genesis 1.1, 26-31a)
For the longer version, see the print edition of Living with Christ.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
An alternate psalm follows.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (Psalm 104)
R. Lord, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honour and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. R.
You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. R.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills. By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. R.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth. R.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Bless the Lord, O my soul. R.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (Psalm 33)
R. The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
The word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. R.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses. R.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all human beings. R.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. R.