Evening Prayer for Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil

 

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil

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Gather with Art and Song

Reflect and prepare…Be still and aware of God’s presence within and all around

Hymn: “Be Still, My Soul”

 OPENING WORDS / CALL TO WORSHIP

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:2

Let us pray together:

PRAYER OF THE DAY

In the darkness of the evening the eyes of my heart are awake to you. In the quiet of the night I long to hear again intimations of your love. In the sufferings of the world and the struggles of my life I seek your graces of healing. At the heart of the brokenness around me and in the hidden depths of my own soul I seek your touch of healing, O God, for there you reside. In the hidden depths of life, O God, there you reside. Amen..[1]

Hymn: “Abide with me”

Solemn Reproaches of the Cross (Abbr., traditionally used on Good Friday)

The cross that held the Savior of the world.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one, have mercy on us.

My people, my people, why have you forsaken me? Answer me! I delivered you from captivity through the water of baptism; but you handed me over to my captors, giving me up to die; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I fed you in the wilderness with the bread of life from heaven; but you are consumed with desire, biting and devouring one another; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I claimed you as my family, as branches of my vine; but you cut off my chosen ones, spilling innocent blood; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I spoke to you my Word, the promise of my love for all; but you silence my prophets, refusing to hear my voice; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I came to be your light, to overcome the darkness; but you remain in the shadows, hiding your light from the world; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I gave you the keys to my realm and welcomed you inside; but you turn away strangers, closing the doors that I open; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I offered you my peace and clothed you with compassion; but you divide my garments, tearing apart what I design; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I sent my Holy Spirit to empower you with grace; but you trust your own devices, squandering my good gifts; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

I came to dwell among you as the Word made flesh; but you ignore neighbors in need, failing to recognize my face; and you have made a cross for your Savior.

Lord, have mercy.

Hymn: “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”

Household Prayer: Evening

In you, O God, our ancestors trusted; they cried to you, and you delivered them. Hear my cry this day and deliver me from evil, until I rise to meet you on the day of resurrection. Amen.

[1] Prayers adapted from John Philip Newell’s Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 2000), 55-59.

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