Saturday, April 3, 2021

Saturday of Holy Week

DAY 40: HOLY SATURDAY April 3, 2021 Saturday of Holy Week- John 19: 38-42

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.  So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.  Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. – John 19:38-42  

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, forever and ever. Amen [2]

Almighty Father, Everlasting God, who didst permit Thy Son to suffer the anguish of the Cross for us, so that Thou mightiest drive the power of the enemy from us: Grant us that we may so commemorate and give thanks for His Passion that we may thereby obtain forgiveness of sin and redemption from eternal death; through the same Thy Son. Amen 
-Martin Luther 1483 – 1546)

Almighty and eternal God, you created all things in wonderful beauty and order. Help us now to perceive how still more wonderful in the new creation by which in the fullness of time you redeemed your people through the sacrifice of our Passover, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen  [3]

[1] The Burial of Jesus Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts copyright © WELS for personal and congregational use
[3] Collect for Saturday of Holy Week, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol. 1 © 1994 American Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY
[4] Easter copyright © Ed Riojas Higher Things

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