Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Job 14:1-14; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; and John 19:38-42
Today is a day of fasting and mourning. Many churches remove the colored paraments from the altar and pulpit, as well as veiling the crosses. Many believers, dressed in black, will visit fourteen churches on this day, meditating on one of the stations of the cross at each one.
Put yourself into the disciples’ shoes. How would you feel? Lost? Betrayed? Confused?
Thank God for sending his Son to atone for your sins. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.