Easter Vigil C
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”;K and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good;L and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.M And there was eveningN and there was morning,O the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a domeP in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8 God called the dome Sky.Q And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered togetherR into one place,S and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered togetherT he called Seas.U And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth put forthV vegetation:W plantsX yieldingY seed,Z and fruitAA treesBB of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lightsCC in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signsDD and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give lightEE upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two greatFF lights—the greater light to ruleGG the day and the lesserHH light to rule the night—and the stars.II 17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18 to ruleJJ over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the waters bring forthKK swarmsLL of livingMM creatures,NN and let birdsOO flyPP above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21 So God created the great sea monstersQQ and every living creature that moves,RR of every kind, with which the waters swarm,SS and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattleXX and creeping thingsYY and wild animalsZZ of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the groundAAA of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make humankindBBB in our image,CCC according to our likeness;DDD and let them have dominionEEE over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,[ and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27 So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
maleFFF and femaleGGG he created them.
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdueHHH it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
29 God said, “See,III I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beastJJJ of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breathKKK of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed,LLL it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished,MMM and all their multitude.NNN 2 And on the seventh day God finished the workOOO that he had done, and he restedPPP on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowedQQQ it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. 4 These are the generationsRRR of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the LordSSS God made the earth and the heavens,
Image Credit: “Tribe of Simeon” by Marc Chagall, 1964.