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The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist [At the Vigil Mass] – June 23rd, 2024


Entrance Song

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
He will be great in the sight of the Lord
and will be filled with the Holy Spirit,
even from his mother’s womb;
and many will rejoice at his birth. (Luke 1:15,1)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

My brother and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the mysterier, let us call to mind our sins.

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

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

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.


Grant we pray, almighty God,
that your family may walk in the way of salvation
and, attentive to what Saint John the Percursor urged,
may come safely to the One he foretold,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 



A reading from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. (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,
        a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
    “Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,
        “I know not how to speak; I am too young.”
    But the LORD answered me,
    Say not, “I am too young.”
        To whomever I send you, you shall go;
        whatever I command you, you shall speak.
    Have no fear before them,
        because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.
Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying,
    See, I place my words in your mouth!
        This day I set you
        over nations and over kingdoms,
    to root up and to tear down,
        to destroy and to demolish,
        to build and to plant.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


(Ps 71)

RESPONSE: Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
    incline your ear to me, and save me.
R.    Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.

Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R.    Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.

For you are my hope, O Lord;
    my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
R.    Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.

My mouth shall declare your justice,
    day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
    and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R.    Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.


A reading from the first Letter of Peter

The prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry. (1:8-12)

Although you have not seen Jesus Christ you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation,
prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours
searched and investigated it,
investigating the time and circumstances
that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated
when he testified in advance
to the sufferings destined for Christ
and the glories to follow them.
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you
with regard to the things that have now been announced to you
by those who preached the Good News to you
through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,
things into which angels longed to look.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Alleluia, alleluia.
He came to testify to the light,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord. (see Jn 1:7; Lk 1:17)


Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. (1:5-17)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Glory to you, Lord.

In the days of Herod, King of Judea,
there was a priest named Zechariah
of the priestly division of Abijah;
his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,
and her name was Elizabeth.
Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
observing all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren
and both were advanced in years.
Once when he was serving
as priest in his division’s turn before God,
according to the practice of the priestly service,
he was chosen by lot
to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.
Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside
at the hour of the incense offering,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense.
Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John.
And you will have joy and gladness,
and many will rejoice at his birth,
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
John will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,
and 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 their hearts toward their children
and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
(at the words that follow up to and including and became man, all bow)
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism
for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.


Our response is: Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church: that our words and deeds may give witness to Christ and be an invitation to others to meet Christ who leads us to life. Let us pray to the Lord.

For the grace to announce Good News: that we may courageously and faithfully proclaim God’s savings deeds and gift of freedom. Let us pray to the Lord.

For a recognition of God’s call in our lives: that we may hear and assent to God who has called us from our mother’s womb into life to love and serve God and our neighbors. Let us pray to the Lord.

For all who exercise leadership: that they may be guided by John’s teaching and allow themselves to decrease so that God’s work may increase. Let us pray to the Lord.


Offertory Song


Look with favor, O Lord,
upon the offerings made by your people
on the Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist,
and grant that what we celebrate in mystery
we may follow with deeds of devoted service.
Through Christ our Lord.


Preface of Saint John the Baptist: 
[The mission of the Precursor]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
In his Precursor, Saint John the Baptist,
we praise your great glory,
for you consecrated him for a singular honor
among those born of women.
His birth brought great rejoicing;
even in the womb he leapt for joy
at the coming of human salvation.
He alone of all the prophets
pointed out the Lamb of redemption.
And to make holy the flowing waters,
he baptized the very author of Baptism
and was privileged to bear him supreme witness
by the shedding of his blood.
And so, with the Powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end we acclaim:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…


Communion Songs

Communion Antiphon:

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
He has visited his people and redeemed them. (Luke 1:68)


May the marvelous prayer of Saint John the Baptist
accompany us who have eaten our fill
at the sacrifical feast, O Lord,
and, since Saint John proclaimed your Son
to be the Lamb who would take away our sins,
may he implore now for us your favor.
Through Christ our Lord. 

Final Song

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