Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist at the Vigil Mass

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Jeremiah 1.4-10

In the days of King Josiah,
the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
Before you were born, I dedicated you.
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

hen I said, “Ah, Lord. O Lord! Behold,
I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am too young’
for you must go to whomever I send you,
and you must say whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid because of them,
for I am with you to rescue you,” says the Lord.

Then the Lord stretched out his hand
and touched my mouth.
Then the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
Behold, I have this day
set you over the nations
and over the kingdoms,
to uproot and to tear down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

Responsorial – Psalm 71.1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab+17 Resp. 6

R. You are my strong refuge, since my mother’s womb.

In you, the Lord, I take refuge.
Never let me be disappointed.
Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me.
Turn your ear to me, and save me.

R. You are my strong refuge, since my mother’s womb.

Be to me a rock of refuge,
a safe stronghold.
You are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,

R. You are my strong refuge, since my mother’s womb.

For you are my hope, O Lord;
my confidence from my youth.
I have relied on you from the womb.
You are he who took me out of my mother’s womb.

R. You are my strong refuge, since my mother’s womb.

My mouth will tell about your righteousness,
and of your salvation all day,
God, you have taught me from my youth.
Until now, I have declared your wondrous works.

R. You are my strong refuge, since my mother’s womb.

Reading 2 – 1 Peter 1.8-12

Not having known him, you love;
though now you do not see him,
yet believing, you rejoice greatly
with joy unspeakable and full of glory
receiving the result of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation,
the prophets sought and searched diligently,
those who prophesied
of the grace that would come to you,
searching for who or what kind of time
the Spirit of Christ in them pointed to,
when it predicted the sufferings of Christ,
and the glories that would follow them.

To them it was revealed,
that not to themselves, but to you,
they ministered these things,
which now have been announced to you
through those who preached the Gospel to you
by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven;
which things angels desire to look into.

Gospel – Luke 1.5-17

There was in the days
of Herod, the king of Judea,
a certain priest named Zachariah,
of the priestly division of Abijah.
He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron,
and her name was Elizabeth.
They were both righteous before God,
walking blamelessly in all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren,
and they both were well advanced in years.
Now it happened, while he fulfilled the priestly office
before God according to his division,
according to the custom of the priestly office,
it was his lot
to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
The whole multitude of the people
were praying outside at the hour of incense.
An angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Zachariah was troubled when he saw him,
and fear fell upon him.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zachariah,
because your request has been heard.
Your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John.
You will have joy and gladness;
and many will rejoice at his birth.
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
He will drink no wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit,
even from his mother’s womb.
He will turn many of the children of Israel
to the Lord, their God.
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah,
‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,’
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just;
to prepare a people ready for the Lord.”

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