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Lenten Reflections: Holy Saturday

Bread for the World members headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday June 14, 2011, to lobby their members of Congress on behalf of poor and hungry people. Lobby Day was part of the Bread for the World's 2011 National Gathering, when nearly 300 people from around the United States converged on Washington, DC, to learn how to advocate against hunger and poverty. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl.

Holy Saturday was a day of Sabbath rest after the violent, tortuous death Jesus’ endured. For his disciples and followers, all hope was lost. But we know what happens on the next page, and soon they would, too.

Lectionary readings:

Job 14:1-14
or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24
Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
1 Peter 4:1-8
Matthew 27:57-66
or John 19:38-42

[The following prayers for Holy Saturday are from Dr. Scot McKnight and can also be found here.]

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.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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