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Holy Saturday Morning Prayer | April 3
The Rev. Jeffrey Preiss
The Rev. Jeffrey Preiss
Saturday, April 3, 2021
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Join the Rev. Jeffrey Preiss for this simple service of Morning Prayer. Like the disciples, we wait in silence by the tomb. 

Morning Prayer


You are invited to say the lines in bold

O Lord, open our lips 

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

Let your ways be known upon earth, 

your saving help among the nations. 

Blessed are you, God of our salvation, to you be praise and glory for ever. Full of sorrows and acquainted with grief, Christ was lifted up so that he might draw the whole world to himself. May we walk this day in the way of the cross and always be ready to share its weight, declaring your love for all the world.

Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, one God.

Blessed be God for ever

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord; *

let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving *

and raise a loud shout to God with psalms.

For you, O Lord, are a great God, *

and a great sovereign above all gods.

In your hand are the caverns of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are yours also.

The sea is yours, for you made it, *

and your hands have moulded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For you are our God,

and we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand. *

Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

Psalm 88

O Lord, my God, my Saviour, *

by day and night I cry to you.

Let my prayer enter into your presence; *

incline your ear to my lamentation.

For I am full of trouble; *

my life is at the brink of the grave.

I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; *

I have become like one who has no strength;

lost among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, *

whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.

You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, *

in dark places, and in the abyss.

Your anger weighs upon me heavily, *

and all your great waves overwhelm me.

You have put my friends far from me;

you have made me to be abhorred by them; * 

I am in prison and cannot get free.

My sight has failed me because of trouble; *

Lord, I have called upon you daily;

I have stretched out my hands to you.

Do you work wonders for the dead? *

Will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?

Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave *

or your faithfulness in the land of destruction?

Will your wonders be known in the dark? *

or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?

But as for me, O Lord, I cry to you for help; *

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Lord, why have you rejected me? *

Why have you hidden your face from me?

Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the point of death; *

I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.

Your blazing anger has swept over me; *

your terrors have destroyed me;

They surround me all day long like a flood; *

they encompass me on every side.

My friend and my neighbour you have put away from me, *

and darkness is my only companion. 

Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

First Reading

A reading from the Book of Job:

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 forever!

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!

Holy Word, Holy Wisdom.

Thanks be to God.

The Prayer of Habakkuk 

O Lord, I have heard of your renown, *

and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.

In the midst of the years renew it;

in the midst of the years make it known; *

in wrath remember mercy.

You came forth to save your people, *

to save your anointed.

You trampled the sea with your horses, *

churning the mighty waters.

I hear, and my belly trembles, *

my lips quiver at the sound.

Though the fig tree does not blossom,

nor fruit appear on the vines, *

the produce of the olive fail,

and the fields yield no food,

though the flock be cut off from the fold *

and there be no herd in the stalls,

yet will I rejoice in the Lord, *

I will exult in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength, *

who makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

and who makes me tread upon the high places.

Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

Second Reading
A Reading form the Letter to the Hebrews:

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“As in my anger I swore,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this place it says, “They shall not enter my rest.” Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a certain day—“today”—saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Holy Word, Holy Wisdom.

Thanks be to God.

The Benedictus

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel, *

you have come to your people and set them free.

You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour, *

born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets, *

you promised of old to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us, *

to show mercy to our forebears,

and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham: *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship you without fear, *

holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

to give God’s 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 holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

Prayers of the Community

With faith and love and in union with Christ,

let us offer our prayers before the throne of grace, saying,

‘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 people 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. 

Compassionate God, your love finds full expression in the gift of Jesus Christ your Son,

who willingly met betrayal and death to set us free from sin. Give us courage to live

obediently in these days until we greet the glory of our risen Saviour. 


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 Dismissal

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross, set us free to serve with him in joy.