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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Gigi, a child from Naples who was violently killed. With him we remember all the children who suffer and who die because of human violence. Prayer for all children.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Romans 6, 1-11

What should we say then? Should we remain in sin so that grace may be given the more fully?

Out of the question! We have died to sin; how could we go on living in it?

You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death.

So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, we too should begin living a new life.

If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his, so we shall be by a resurrection like his;

realising that our former self was crucified with him, so that the self which belonged to sin should be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin.

Someone who has died, of course, no longer has to answer for sin.

But we believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too.

We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.

For by dying, he is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God.

In the same way, you must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul, in the preceding chapter, spoke about the justification of a sinful man, of which Adam is the archetype, and about God’s salvation poured out on all believers. Now he affirms that this salvation comes through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. The believer, therefore, is pushed from within to live a new life that is immersed, through the grace of baptism. In Christ, the old person dies and is buried and then arises a different human being who overcame physical death and every form of death. The grace that is given through the encounter with Jesus does not accommodate any sin, and does not justify slowness and weakness in following the Lord. On the contrary, this grace means liberation from the power of sin: “How can we who died to sin go on living in it?” Paul asks. To be immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ does not mean a simple purification that changes something on the surface. Much more profoundly, it means to make die in us the old person that is enslaved by tradition and pride, so as to give birth and grow the new human being who lives by the strength of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul concludes: “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Christian life places itself from beginning to end in the mystery of salvation that is Easter. Union with Jesus determines the spiritual journey of each disciple.

Sunday Vigil