Morning Prayer – Holy Saturday

INVITATORY

LEADER: Lord, open my lips.

ALL: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

LEADER: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

MORNING PRAYER FOR HOLY SATURDAY

APRIL 3, 2021

LEADER – God, come to my assistance.

ALL: Lord, make haste to help me.

L: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

A: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN – Amazing Grace #431

LEADER: Though sinless, the Lord has been put to death. The world is in mourning as for an only son.

SIDE 1: Hear my voice, O God, as I complain,
guard my life from dread of the foe.
Hide me from the band of the wicked,
from the throng of those who do evil.

SIDE 2: They sharpen their tongues like swords;
they aim bitter words like arrows
to shoot at the innocent from ambush,
shooting suddenly and recklessly.

SIDE 1: They scheme their evil course;
they conspire to lay secret snares.
They say: “Who will see us?
Who can search out our crimes?”

SIDE 2: He will search who searches the mind
and knows the depths of the heart.
God has shot them with his arrow
and dealt them sudden wounds.
Their own tongue has brought them to ruin
and all who see them mock.

SIDE 1: Then will all men fear;
they will tell what God has done.
They will understand God’s deeds.
The just will rejoice in the Lord
and fly to him for refuge.
All the upright hearts will glory.

SIDE 2: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: Though sinless, the Lord has been put to death. The world is in mourning as for an only son.

(PAUSE)

LEADER: From the jaws of hell, Lord, rescue my soul.

SIDE 1: Once I said,
“In the noontime of life I must depart!
To the gates of the nether world I shall be consigned
for the rest of my years.”

SIDE 2: I said, “I shall see the Lord no more
in the land of the living.
No longer shall I behold my fellow men
among those who dwell in the world.”

SIDE 1: My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent,
is struck down and borne away from me;
you have folded up my life, like a weaver
who severs the last thread.

SIDE 2: Day and night you give me over to torment;
I cry out until the dawn.
Like a lion he breaks all my bones;
day and night you give me over to torment.

SIDE 1: Like a swallow I utter shrill cries;
I moan like a dove.
My eyes grow weak, gazing heaven-ward:
O Lord, I am in straits; be my surety!

SIDE 2: You have preserved my life
from the pit of destruction,
when you cast behind your back
all my sins.

SIDE 1: For it is not the nether world that gives you thanks,
nor death that praises you;
Neither do those who go down into the pit
await your kindness.

SIDE 2: The living, the living give you thanks,
as I do today.
Fathers declare to their sons,
O God, your faithfulness.

SIDE 1: The Lord is our savior;
we shall sing to stringed instruments
in the house of the Lord
all the days of our life.

SIDE 2: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: From the jaws of hell, Lord, rescue my soul.

(PAUSE)

LEADER: I was dead, but now I live for ever, and I hold the keys of death and of hell.

SIDE 1: Praise God in his holy place,
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his powerful deeds,
praise his surpassing greatness.

SIDE 2: O praise him with sound of trumpet,
praise him with lute and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipes.

SIDE 1: O praise him with resounding cymbals,
praise him with clashing of cymbals.
Let everything that lives and that breathes
give praise to the Lord.

SIDE 2: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: I was dead, but now I live for ever, and I hold the keys of death and of hell.

(PAUSE)

READER: A reading from the book of Hosea (Hosea 5:15b-16:2)

Thus says the Lord:
In their affliction, they shall look for me:
“Come let us return to the Lord,
For it is he who has rent, but he will heal us;
he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds.
He will revive us after two days;
on the third day he will raise us up,
to live in his presence.”

The Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God.

SACRED SILENCEa moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

LEADER: For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross.
Therefore God raised him on high and gave him the name above all other names.

ALL: For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross. Therefore God raised him on high and gave him the name above all other names.

LEADER: Save us, O Savior of the world. On the cross you redeemed us by the shedding of your blood; we cry out for your help, O God.

ALL: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: Save us, O Savior of the world. On the cross you redeemed us by the shedding of your blood; we cry out for your help, O God.

INTERCESSIONS

LEADER: Our Redeemer suffered and was buried for us in order to rise again. With sincere love we adore him, and aware of our needs we cry out:

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our Savior, your sorrowing Mother stood by you at your death and burial, in our sorrows may we share your suffering.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our Lord, like the seed buried in the ground, you brought forth for us the harvest of grace, may we die to sin and live for God.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ, the Good Shepherd, in death you lay hidden from the world, teach us to love a life hidden with you in the Father.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ, the new Adam, you entered the kingdom of death to release all the just since the beginning of the world, may all who lie dead in sin hear your voice and rise to life.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ, Son of the living God, through baptism we were buried with you, risen also with you in baptism, may we walk in newness of life.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Let us add our own intentions in the silence of our hearts. (PAUSE) Let us pray to the Lord.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Now let us pray as Jesus taught us.

ALL: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen

LEADER: Let us pray

All-powerful and ever-living God,
your only Son went down among the dead
and rose again in glory.
In your goodness
raise up your faithful people,
buried with him in baptism,
to be one with him
in the eternal life of heaven,
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

ALL: Amen.

L: During this Year of St. Joseph let us pray

A: Oh, Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us daily to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving faithfully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death. Amen.

L: The Lord be with you.

A: and with your Spirit.

L: May God bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen

L: Go in peace.

A: Amen.

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