Easter Saturday All pre-Gospel readings


First reading: Acts 4:13-21

The rulers, elders and scribes were astonished at the assurance shown by Peter and John, considering they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus; but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer. So they ordered them to stand outside while the Sanhedrin had a private discussion. ‘What are we going to do with these men?’ they asked. ‘It is obvious to everybody in Jerusalem that a miracle has been worked through them in public, and we cannot deny it. But to stop the whole thing spreading any further among the people, let us caution them never to speak to anyone in this name again.’

So they called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John retorted, ‘You must judge whether in God’s eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God. We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.’ The court repeated the warnings and then released them; they could not think of any way to punish them, since all the people were giving glory to God for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117(118):1,14-21

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, 
  for his love has no end.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
  he was my saviour.
There are shouts of joy and victory
  in the tents of the just.

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
  his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
  and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord, 
  but not doomed to die.

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

Open to me the gates of holiness: 
  I will enter and give thanks.
This is the Lord’s own gate
  where the just may enter.
I will thank you for you have answered, 
  and you are my saviour.

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

Sequence

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
  offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
  combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,
  yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: 
  say what thou didst see 
  upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
  from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
This day was made by the Lord: 
we rejoice and are glad.
Alleluia!

 

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First reading: Acts 4:13-21

The rulers, elders and scribes were astonished at the assurance shown by Peter and John, considering they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus; but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer. So they ordered them to stand outside while the Sanhedrin had a private discussion. ‘What are we going to do with these men?’ they asked. ‘It is obvious to everybody in Jerusalem that a miracle has been worked through them in public, and we cannot deny it. But to stop the whole thing spreading any further among the people, let us caution them never to speak to anyone in this name again.’

So they called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John retorted, ‘You must judge whether in God’s eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God. We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.’ The court repeated the warnings and then released them; they could not think of any way to punish them, since all the people were giving glory to God for what had happened.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117(118):1,14-21

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, 
  for his love has no end.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
  he was my saviour.
There are shouts of joy and victory
  in the tents of the just.

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
  his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
  and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord, 
  but not doomed to die.

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

Open to me the gates of holiness: 
  I will enter and give thanks.
This is the Lord’s own gate
  where the just may enter.
I will thank you for you have answered, 
  and you are my saviour.

I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer.

Sequence

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
  offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
  combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,
  yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: 
  say what thou didst see 
  upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
  from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
This day was made by the Lord: 
we rejoice and are glad.
Alleluia!