Readings

Antiphon and Collect

Antiphon

Schema A

Cf. Ps 143(142): 11


For the sake of your name, O Lord, give me life.

Schema B

Cf. Ps 31(30): 15-16


I trust in you, O Lord; I say you are my God. My life is in your hands.


Collect

Schema A

God our Creator,
we give thanks to you,
who alone have the power fo impart the breath of life
as you form each of us in our mother’s womb;
grant, we pray,
that we, whom you have made stewards of creation,
may remain faithful to this sacred trust
and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Schema B

O God, who adorn creation with splendor and beauty
and fashion human lives in your image and likeness,
awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of human life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

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