Tuesday, March 27, 2018

An Ordo for Holy Saturday

One of the more neglected times of prayer during the Three Holy Days is Holy Saturday morning when we remember Christ in the tomb.  Here is the ordo that we will be using at Saint Faith's on Saturday morning, 31 March 2018.

Holy Saturday

31 March 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Introductory Responses

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Christ became obedient unto death.
O come, let us worship.

Glory to God, Source of all being, eternal Word and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever.  Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word

The Psalm:  Psalm 31.1-4, 15-16

1 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
            do not let me ever be put to shame;
            in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
            rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
            a strong fortress to save me.
3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
            for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
            for you are my refuge.

15 My times are in your hand;
            deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
            save me in your steadfast love.

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 First Reading:  Job 4.1-14

A reading from Job.

            14.1 “A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble, 2 comes up like a flower and withers, flees like a shadow and does not last.  3 Do you fix your eyes on such a one?  Do you bring me into judgement with you?  4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?  No one can.  5 Since their days are determined, and the number of their months is known to you, and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass, 6 look away from them, and desist, that they may enjoy, like labourers, their days.

            7 “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.  8 Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, 9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant.  10 But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they?  11 As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up, 12 so mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep.  13 O that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!  14 If mortals die, will they live again?  All the days of my service I would wait until my release should come.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Responsory

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
We preach Christ crucified,
the power of God and the wisdom of God.
By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
God forbid that we should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

The Second Reading:  John 19.38-42

A reading from the Gospel according to John.

            19.38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the [Jewish authorities], asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus.  Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.  39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.  40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.  41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.  42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Here what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Canticle:  A Song of Jonah (Jonah 2.2-7, 9)

I called to the Lord out of my distress,
            and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
            and you heard my voice.
You cast me into the deep,
            into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
            all your waves and your billows passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight;
            how shall I look again upon your holy temple?’
The waters closed in over me;
the deep surrounded me;
            weeds were wrapped around my head
            at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
whose bars closed upon me forever;
            yet you brought up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God.
As my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord;
            and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you;
            what I have vowed I will pay.
            Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

The Prayers of the Community

The Litany

Before the Litany particular intercessions, petitions and thanksgivings may be offered.  Then the Litany is said.

Let us offer our prayers saying, ‘God of the deep, hear our prayer.’
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on your people,
for whom your Son laid down his life.
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

Bring healing and wholeness to peoples and nations,
and have pity on those torn apart by division.
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

Strengthen all who are persecuted for your name’s sake,
and deliver them from evil.
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

Look in mercy upon all who suffer,
and hear those who cry out in pain and desolation.
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

Bring comfort to the dying,
and gladden their hearts with the vision of your glory.
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

Give rest to the departed
and bring them, with your saints, to glory everlasting.
God of the deep, hear our prayer.

The Collect of the Day

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Standing at the foot of the cross
and gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Saviour taught us:

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.

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Dismissal

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Closing Sentence

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,

set us free to serve him with joy.  Amen.

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