VIGIL OF PENTECOST (A, B, C) Lectionary #62
For music suggestions for the Vigil of Pentecost, including Psalm 104, see Mass during the day.

The Vigil of Pentecost, in its extended form, may begin with Solemn Evening Prayer I for Pentecost, up to but not including the short reading. This would replace the usual entrance rite at Mass. Or it may begin as usual at Mass.

The four options for the first reading at Masses on Saturday afternoon/evening are used, and each is followed by a psalm (or an extended period of silence) and a prayer, as given in the Roman Missal. In order, the readings tell the story of the confusion of languages at Babel (Genesis 11:1-9); the appearance of God to Moses at Sinai (Exodus 19:3-8, 16-20); Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones (Ezek 37:1-14); and Joel's vision of a whole community turned into prophets (Joel 3:1-5). Appropriate psalms or canticles are listed in the Roman Missal (or you might use all of Psalm 104, with the verses divided among the various readings).

Psalms and Canticles of the Vigil:

Psalm 33
La Misericorida del Señor/The Earth Is Full (Reza) FYC 198
Let Your Mercy Be on Us (Haugen) GC2 32/G3 44
Lord, Let Your Mercy (Dufford) GP2 196/MI-BB 767
Lord, Let Your Mercy (Guimont) GC2 914
Lord, Let Your Mercy (Warner) PMB 145/WC 431
Lord, Let Your Mercy Be on Us (Arnold) JS2 36
Que Tu Misericordia, Señor (Rubi) FYC 199


Daniel 3
Canticle of Daniel (Angotti) GC2 82/WC 943
Cántico de los Tres Jóvenes (Cortés) GP2 290/FYC 284
Canto del Universo (Espinosa) FYC 285
Fuentes del Señor (Tescuano) FYC 283
Glory and Praise for Ever (Smith) SPS 105
Glory and Praise Forever (Ash) GP2 289/JS 118/MI-BB 829
Glory and Praise Forevermore (Guimont) GC2 1018
God Is Praised and Exalted (Angotti) G3 99
Song of the Three Children (Gelineau) WOR 84

Psalm 19
Lord, You Have the Message (Inwood) GP 173
Lord, You Have the Words (Haas) GC2 20/G3 31
Lord, You Have the Words (Harbor) SPS 55
Lord, You Have the Words (Joncas) GP2 172/JS 20/MI-BB 749
Lord, You Have the Words (Kreutz) CH 133
Lord, You Have the Words (Roberts) LMGM 525
Señor, Tú Tienes Palabras (García) FYC 178
Señor, Tú Tienes Palabras de Vida Eterna (Sosa) FYC 176
Señor, Tú Tienes Palabras/Lord, You Have the Words (Reza) FYC 177
Tus Palabras, Señor (Rangel) GP2 174
Words of Everlasting Life/Palabras de Vida Eterna (Alonso) GC2 21/G3 32
Your Words, Lord (Haugen) WC 419
Your Words, Lord, Are Spirit and Life (Hurd) SPS 56
Your Words, O Lord, Are Spirit and Life (Guimont) GC2 889


Psalm 107
Give Thanks to the Lord (Guimont) GC2 978


Psalm 104
See the suggestions for Mass during the day.

The Gloria and collect follow, then the reading from Romans and the Gospel.

Romans 8:22-27. The Spirit, working in believers, helps us to become the voice of all creation "groaning" for God's reconciliation.

John 7:37-39. In this passage John links baptism with the gift of the Spirit.

Alternatively, the “simple form” of the Vigil Mass may be used, with a choice made among the first four readings.