Saturday, March 26, 2016
Holy Saturday - Eyesus in the Tomb
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may 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, for ever and ever. Amen.
- Collect for Holy Saturday from the Book of Common Prayer
 O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
 LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
- Psalm 88
 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
- Hebrews 4.1-16