Thursday, April 5, 2012

An Ordo for Holy Saturday 2012

Holy Saturday
7 April 2012

Gathering of the Community

The Introductory Responses

Christ became obedient unto death for us,
even death upon a cross.
He was pierced for our sins,
bruised for no fault but ours.
His punishment has won our peace,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches and wisdom,
strength, honour, glory and praise.  Amen.

The Collect

O God,
creator of heaven and earth,
as the crucified body of your dear Son
was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath,
so may we 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, now and for ever.  Amen.

Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

Job 14.1-14

Psalm 31.1-4, 15-16

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *
            deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me; *
            make haste to deliver me.
3 be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
            for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
            for your are my tower of strength.

15 My times are in your hand; *
            rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
            and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
            and in your loving-kindness save me.”

Helper of the helpless,
comfort of the afflicted,
may your servants who stand in the midst of evil
find strength in the knowledge of your presence,
and praise you for the wonders of your love.  Amen.

The Second Reading

John 19.38-42

Prayers of the Community

The Litany

God the Father,
have mercy on us.

God the Son,
have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

From all evil, from all sin, from all tribulation,
have mercy on us.

By your holy incarnation, by your cross and passion, by your precious death and burial,
have mercy on us.

By your glorious resurrection and ascension, and by the coming of the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.

We beseech you to hear us, Lord Christ, that it may please you to deliver the souls of your servants from the power of evil and from eternal death,
have mercy on us.

That it may please you to pardon all our sins,
have mercy on us.

That it may please you to grant us, at the time of our death, a place of refreshment and everlasting blessedness,
have mercy on us.

That it may please you to give us joy and gladness in your kingdom, with your saints in light,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

O God,
whose days are without end
and whose mercies cannot be numbered:
make us, we pray, deeply aware
of the shortness and uncertainty of human life,
and let your Holy Spirit lead us
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
that when we shall have served you in our generation,
we may be gathered to our ancestors,
having the testimony of a good conscience,
in the communion of the catholic Church,
in the confidence of a certain faith,
in the comfort of a religious and holy hope,
in favour with you, our God,
and in perfect charity with all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Lord, remember us in your kingdom,
and teach us to pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen.

Sending Forth of the Community

The Concluding Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,
by your death you took away the sting of death.
Grant to us your servants
so to follow in faith
where you have led the way,
that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you
and wake up in your likeness,
for your tender mercies’ sake.  Amen.

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