Sacred Paschal Vigil (OF)

Today is Holy Saturday, the day on which Our Lord's body lay in the tomb and Our Lord's soul descended to the realm of the dead. Today, the Church awaits the resurrection and so there is no Mass until the Sacred Paschal Vigil which takes places after sunset. At this time, the holy people of God sit at the tomb and await the Resurrection.


Litany of the Saints

By your Death and Resurrection, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
St. Michael, pray for us.
Holy angels of God, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us.
St. Andrew, pray for us.
St. John, pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us.
St. Stephen, pray for us.
St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us.
St. Lawrence, pray for us.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity, pray for us.
St. Agnes, pray for us.
St. Gregory, pray for us.
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Athanasius, pray for us.
St. Basil, pray for us.
St. Martin, pray for us.

St. Benedict, pray for us.
St. Francis and St. Dominic, pray for us.
St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
St. Teresa of Jesus, pray for us.
All holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.

Lord, be merciful. Lord, deliver us, we pray.
From all evil, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
From ev'ry sin, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
From everlasting death, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
By your Incarnation, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
By your Death and Resurrection, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Lord, deliver us, we pray.
Be merciful to us sinners. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.
Bring these chosen ones to new birth through the grace of Baptism. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.
Make this font holy by your grace for the new birth of your children. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.
Jesus, Son of the living God, Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.


Offertory Antiphon:

The right hand of the Lord has struck with power; the right hand of the Lord has exalted me; I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. Alleluia!
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 117:16, 17

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Communion Antiphon:

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); 1 Cor 5:7, 8

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