A reading from the book of Genesis 2:18-24
They become one body.
The Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.' So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the I wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the I man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed:
'This at last is bone from my bones,
and flesh from my flesh!
This is to be called woman,
for this was taken from man.'
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself I to his wife, and they become one body.
This is the word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 148:1-4. 9-14. ij'v.12
Response: Praise the name of the Lord.
1 Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all his angels,
praise him, all his host. Response
2 Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens
and the waters above the heavens. Response
3 All mountains and hills,
all fruit trees and cedars,
beasts, wild and tame,
reptiles and birds on the wing. Response
4 All earth's kings and peoples,
earth's princes and rulers:
young men and maidens,
old men together with children. Response
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord
for he alone is exalted.
The splendour of his name
reaches beyond heaven and earth. Response