Holy Saturday

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Today’s morning and evening meditations are available here in both audio and script formats. The audio version is also available to download for free on the player.


Morning

Invitation

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 22

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Be not far from me. You are my strength. Come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who revere the Lord, worship him.

Prayer

• for the church to work for the common good and benefit of all people

• for care, love, and friendship to be experienced in the church

• for missionaries serving far from home


Evening

Reading: Luke 23:50-56

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Remind yourself that you are in God’s presence as you read the passage again. Notice how God might be speaking to you through the words. Dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you. Let your heart respond to God in prayer.

Prayer

Forsaken God, you really did die. The cross was no theater or mere metaphor; you weren’t whisked away badly injured yet alive. You set out to save, and you went all the way to death, fulfilling God’s justice and truth, fully paying for my sin. And so today, between the cross and the resurrection, I wait for your salvation to dawn again in my life. Amen. (HC)

Blessing

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12)

 

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About Lent

Lent is a season of preparation and discipline, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes at sun-down on Holy Saturday.

During the forty weekdays and six Sundays in Lent, the church remembers the sacrificial life and ministry of Jesus leading to the cross and renews its commitment to Christian discipleship.


Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism