Liturgical Colour : White
Psalm 41 : 3, 5 and Psalm 42 : 3, 4
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I go and see the face of God?
Now as I pour out my soul, I remember all this – how I used to lead the faithful in procession to the house of God, amid shouts of joy and thanksgiving, among the feasting throng.
Send forth Your light and Your truth; let them be my guide, let them take me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You reside.
Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my gladness and delight. I will praise You with the lyre and harp, o God, my God.
Alternative reading (when there is baptism)
Psalm 50 : 12-15, 18, 19
Create in me, o God, a pure heart; give me a new and steadfast spirit. Do not cast me out of Your presence nor take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Give me again the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will show wrongdoers Your ways and sinners will return to You.
You take no pleasure in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, You would not delight in it.
O God, my sacrifice is a broken spirit; a contrite heart You will not despise.