When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.
Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
Through our Lord.
A reading from the Book of Genesis 9:8-15
God’s covenant with Noah, delivered from the waters of the flood
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 25:4-5ab.6 and 7bc.8-9 (R, cf. 10)
- All your paths, O Lord, are mercy and faithfulness, for those who keep your covenant.
O Lord, make me know your ways. Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God of my salvation. R.
Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. In your merciful love remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord. R.
Good and upright is the Lord; he shows the way to sinners. He guides the humble in right judgement; to the humble he teaches his way. R.
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter 3:18-22
‘Baptism now saves you.
Beloved: Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.
The word of the Lord.
VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL Matthew 4:4b
Glory and praise to you, O Christ. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:12-15
“He was tempted by Satan, and the angels ministered to him.”
At that time: The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Give us the right dispositions, O Lord, we pray, to make these offerings, for with them we celebrate the beginning of this venerable and sacred time.
Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Mt 4:4
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Renewed now with heavenly bread, by which faith is nourished, hope increased, and charity strengthened, we pray, O Lord, that we may learn to hunger for Christ, the true and living Bread, and strive to live by every word which proceeds from your mouth. Through Christ our Lord.