Holy Saturday Services

Holy Saturday (11th April) 2020

Morning Prayer and Litany (8.30 am)

Evening Prayer and Vigil of the Resurrection (5 pm)

The Word of God
Psalmody
Psalm 142
1 I cry aloud to the Lord; *
to the Lord I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before him*
and tell him of my trouble.
3 When my spirit faints within me, you know my path; *
in the way wherein I walk have they laid a snare for me.
4 I look to my right hand, and find no one who knows me; *
I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry out to you, O Lord, and say: *
‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
6 ‘Listen to my cry, for I am brought very low; *
save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
7 ‘Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name; *
when you have dealt bountifully with me,
then shall the righteous gather around me.’
God of compassion, you regard the forsaken
and give hope to the crushed in spirit:
hear those who cry to you in distress,
that they may be joined to the company of those
who raise a song of thanksgiving to your glory, O Father,
through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.
All Amen
Reading
Hosea 6: 1 – 6
‘Come, let us return to the Lord; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.’
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth, and my judgement goes forth as the light. 6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.

Canticle
Refrain:
My prayer came to you in your holy temple,
and you brought up my life from the depths.
1 I called to you, O God, out of my distress and you answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.
2 You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me,
all your waves and billows passed over me.
3 Then I said, I am driven away from your sight;
how shall I ever look again upon your holy temple?
4 The waters closed in over me,
the deep was round about me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
at the roots of the mountains.
5 I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me for ever,
yet you brought up my life from the depths, O God.
6 As my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, O God,
and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
7 With the voice of thanksgiving, I will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay, deliverance belongs to the Lord!
Refrain:
My prayer came to you in your holy temple,
and you brought up my life from the depths.

Reading
John 2: 18 – 22
18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Gospel Canticle
Refrain:
Destroy this temple and, in three days, I will raise it up, says the Lord; this he said of the temple that was his body.
1 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, *
who has come to his people and set them free.
2 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, *
born of the house of his servant David.
3 Through his holy prophets God promised of old *
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us.
4 To show mercy to our ancestors, *
and to remember his holy covenant.
5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
6 Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
8 To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
9 In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Refrain:
Destroy this temple and, in three days, I will raise it up, says the Lord; this he said of the temple that was his body.

The Litany According to Common Worship
I
Let us pray.
God the Father,
All have mercy upon us.
God the Son,
All have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit,
All have mercy upon us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity,
All have mercy upon us.

II
From all evil and mischief; from pride, vanity and hypocrisy;
from envy, hatred and malice; and from all evil intent,
All good Lord, deliver us.
From sloth, worldliness and love of money;
from hardness of heart
and contempt for your word and your laws,
All good Lord, deliver us.
From sins of body and mind;
from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,
All good Lord, deliver us.
From famine and disaster;
from violence, murder and dying unprepared,
All good Lord, deliver us.
In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy;
in the hour of death, and at the day of judgement,
All good Lord, deliver us.

III
By the mystery of your holy incarnation;
by your birth, childhood and obedience;
by your baptism, fasting and temptation,
All good Lord, deliver us.
By your ministry in word and work;
by your mighty acts of power;
and by your preaching of the kingdom,
All good Lord, deliver us.
By your agony and trial; by your cross and passion;
and by your precious death and burial,
All good Lord, deliver us.
By your mighty resurrection; by your glorious ascension;
and by your sending of the Holy Spirit,
All good Lord, deliver us.

IV
Hear our prayers, O Lord our God.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Govern and direct your holy Church; fill it with love and truth;
and grant it that unity which is your will.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Give us boldness to preach the gospel in all the world,
and to make disciples of all the nations.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Enlighten Martin Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Mike Bishop of Dunwich, Rhiannon Archdeacon of Ipswich, Ian Archdeacon of Suffolk, David Archdeacon of Sudbury and all who minister with knowledge and understanding, that by their teaching and their lives they may proclaim your word.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Give your people grace to hear and receive your word,
and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Strengthen those who stand; comfort and help the faint-hearted;
raise up the fallen; and finally beat down Satan under our feet.
All Hear us, good Lord.

V
Guide the leaders of the nations into the ways of peace and justice.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Guard and strengthen your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
that she may put her trust in you, and seek your honour and glory.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Endue the High Court of Parliament
and all the Ministers of the Crown
with wisdom and understanding.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Bless those who administer the law,
that they may uphold justice, honesty and truth.
All Hear us, good Lord.
Give us the will to use the resources of the earth to your glory,
and for the good of all creation.
All Hear us, good Lord.

Bless and keep all your people.
All Hear us, good Lord.

VI
Help and comfort the lonely, the bereaved and the oppressed.
All Lord, have mercy.
Keep in safety those who travel, and all who are in danger.
All Lord, have mercy.
Heal the sick in body and mind,
and provide for the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.
All Lord, have mercy.
Show your pity on prisoners and refugees,
and all who are in trouble.
All Lord, have mercy.
Forgive our enemies, persecutors and slanderers,
and turn their hearts.
All Lord, have mercy.
Hear us as we remember those who have died in the peace of Christ, both those who have confessed the faith
and those whose faith is known to you alone,
and grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
All Lord, have mercy.

VII
Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy word.
All Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.

Grant, Lord, that we who are baptized into the death
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
may continually put to death our evil desires
and be buried with him;
and that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection; through his merits,
who died and was buried and rose again for us,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

Lord’s Prayer
Standing at the foot of the cross,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
All 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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.


Evening Prayer on Holy Saturday
with Vigil of the Resurrection
outside the Tomb.
The Word of God
Psalmody
The appointed psalmody is said.
Psalm 116
1 I love the Lord, for he has heard the voice of my supplication; ♦
because he inclined his ear to me on the day I called to him.
2 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pains of hell took hold of me; ♦
by grief and sorrow was I held.
3 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: ♦
‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’
4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous; ♦
our God is full of compassion.
5 The Lord watches over the simple; ♦
I was brought very low and he saved me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, ♦
for the Lord has been gracious to you.
7 For you have delivered my soul from death, ♦
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
8 I will walk before the Lord ♦
in the land of the living.
9 I believed that I should perish for I was sorely troubled; ♦
and I said in my alarm, ‘Everyone is a liar.’
10 How shall I repay the Lord ♦
for all the benefits he has given to me?
11 I will lift up the cup of salvation ♦
and call upon the name of the Lord.
12 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord ♦
in the presence of all his people.
13 Precious in the sight of the Lord ♦
is the death of his faithful servants.
14 O Lord, I am your servant, ♦
your servant, the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15 I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving ♦
and call upon the name of the Lord.
16 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord ♦
in the presence of all his people,
17 In the courts of the house of the Lord, ♦
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
may we call upon your name,
raise the cup of salvation,
and so proclaim your death, O Lord,
until you come in glory.
All Amen
If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here.
Job 19.21-27
Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
Why do you, like God, pursue me,
never satisfied with my flesh?
‘O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock for ever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
Canticle
The following, or another suitable canticle, may be said or sung
Refrain:
All Our hope is not in vain,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.
1 God reckons as righteous those who believe, ♦
who believe in him who raised Jesus from the dead;
2 For Christ was handed over to death for our sins, ♦
and raised to life for our justification.
3 Since we are justified by faith, ♦
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 Through Christ we have gained access
to the grace in which we stand, ♦
and rejoice in our hope of the glory of God.
5 We even exult in our sufferings, ♦
for suffering produces endurance,
6 And endurance brings hope, ♦
and our hope is not in vain,
7 Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts, ♦
through the Holy Spirit, given to us.
8 God proves his love for us: ♦
while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
9 Since we have been justified by his death, ♦
how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath.
10 Therefore, we exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ♦
in whom we have now received our reconciliation.
Romans 4.24, 25; 5.1-5, 8, 9, 11
Refrain:
All Our hope is not in vain,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.
Scripture Reading
The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.
1 John 5.5-12
Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Gospel Canticle
The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
Refrain:
All Christ humbled himself for us and, in obedience, accepted death, even death on a cross
therefore God raised him to the heights and gave him the name which is above all other names.
1 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; ♦
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
2 From this day all generations will call me blessed; ♦
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.
3 He has mercy on those who fear him, ♦
from generation to generation.
4 He has shown strength with his arm ♦
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
5 Casting down the mighty from their thrones ♦
and lifting up the lowly.
6 He has filled the hungry with good things ♦
and sent the rich away empty.
7 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, ♦
to remember his promise of mercy,
8 The promise made to our ancestors, ♦
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Luke 1.46-55
Refrain:
All Christ humbled himself for us and, in obedience, accepted death, even death on a cross
therefore God raised him to the heights and gave him the name which is above all other names.
Prayers
The Collect of the day is said
Grant, Lord,
that we who are baptized into the death
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
may continually put to death our evil desires
and be buried with him;
and that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection;
through his merits,
who died and was buried and rose again for us,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said
Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
All 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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.


When finest aspirations fail
When finest aspirations fail
and dreams become dismay,
and all the hopes tomorrow held
lie felled by yesterday,
what can we do, where do we turn,
what can we say?
We hurt for what has happened
and we fear for what’s to come;
and easy consolation leaves us
negative and numb,
and wondering whether deeper depths
are yet to plumb.
Shall they control our destiny
who, deaf to our demands,
are ruled by other values
and defer to their commands?
And our futures safe
in these unwanted hands?
Oh, Christ, you lost control,
or so it seems, when to a tree
they nailed you and regaled you
and refused to set you free;
and all because you showed
how life was meant to be.
Then must our hopes, like you,
be broken down beyond repair;
must we be lost and powerless,
befriended by despair,
in order somehow to be saved
and sense God’s care?

And shall our hopes, like you,
arise from where they ceased to be;
and shall the spirit that was crushed
be transformed and set free?
If that’s God’s will, then we await

what’s yet to be.

Today is the day when nothing happens.
The drama of Good Friday is over
the adrenaline and business has run out.
There is no Easter Sunday today.
Today is the day for all those who live this empty,
in between time…
those who have lost loved ones they no longer see,
those who have lost jobs
and have no light of budding new vocation,
those who live with chronic illness and no sight of healing,
the broken hearted, the unemployed,
the falsely accused, the bereaved.
God is yours today.
God the Son is far from God the Father’s eyes,
the Trinity is strained, the tomb is sealed.
There are no words.
Nothing can be done.
We can only be in this moment.
As God is with is, and makes this day…
Holy
Sally Hitchiner 2017

He is not here.
So where is he?
Tradition tells us that Jesus spent the hours
between the crucifixion and the resurrection
harrowing the halls of hell;
this is a popular tradition
celebrated in story and mystery play
from then till now,
the rap of Jesus on Hell’s door
sending a shiver down the spine
of all who hear it.
Is that where he is?
Freeing the captives,
in death as in life,
bringing his people safely home?
I like the tradition.
As I grow older
I think more about death.
I am not sure what I believe about eternity.
The mystery grows deeper rather than clearer.
I am full of questions.
Today is a day of death.
Today we are given permission to mourn, to cry,
to wonder.
Today we are encouraged to be still.
To let God hold us in the silence.
So let’s do it.
Let’s take time out
from anticipating the resurrection,
to be with Jesus,
wherever he is.

Holy Saturday
“There is a GREAT SILENCE on earth today,
A great silence and stillness.
The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.
The earth trembled and is still
because God has fallen asleep in the flesh
And he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began.
God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear”.