Saturday Morning

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit….

Opening Verse
‘Come, let us return to the Lord;
   for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
   he has struck down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
   on the third day he will raise us up,
   that we may live before him. Hosea 6:1-2

The Confession

Psalm 95
Invitatory. Christ suffered and died for us. Come, let us adore him.

1 Come, let us sing to the Lord;*
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving*
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God,*
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hands are the depths of the earth,*
and the heights of the hills are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,*
and his hands have moulded the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down and bend the knee,*
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.*
Today if you would hearken to his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts *
as your forebears did in the wilderness,
at Meribah and on that day at Massah,
when they tempted me.
9 They put me to the test,*
though they had seen my works.
10 Forty years long I detested that generation and said,*
'This people are wayward in their hearts;
they do not know my ways.'
11 So I swore in my wrath,*
'They shall not enter my rest.'

Invitatory. Christ suffered and died for us. Come, let us adore him.

Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; *
     protect my life from fear of the enemy.
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, *
     from the mob of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongue like a sword, *
     and aim their bitter words like arrows,
That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; *
     they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
They hold fast to their evil course; *
     they plan how they may hide their snares.
They say, "Who will see us?
     who will find out our crimes? *
     we have thought out a perfect plot."
The human mind and heart are a mystery; *
     but God will loose an arrow at them,
     and suddenly they will be wounded.
He will make them trip over their tongues, *
     and all who see them will shake their heads.
Everyone will stand in awe and declare God's deeds; *
     they will recognize his works.
The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
     and all who are true of heart will glory.

Isaiah 38:10-14,17-20

I said: In the noontide of my days
   I must depart;
I am consigned to the gates of Sheol
   for the rest of my years.
I said, I shall not see the Lord
   in the land of the living;
I shall look upon mortals no more
   among the inhabitants of the world.
My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
   like a shepherd’s tent;
like a weaver I have rolled up my life;
   he cuts me off from the loom;
from day to night you bring me to an end;
   I cry for help until morning;
like a lion he breaks all my bones;
   from day to night you bring me to an end.

Like a swallow or a crane I clamour,
   I moan like a dove.
My eyes are weary with looking upwards.
   O Lord, I am oppressed; be my security!
Surely it was for my welfare
   that I had great bitterness;
but you have held back my life
   from the pit of destruction,
for you have cast all my sins
   behind your back.
For Sheol cannot thank you,
   death cannot praise you;
those who go down to the Pit cannot hope
   for your faithfulness.
The living, the living, they thank you,
   as I do this day;
fathers make known to children
   your faithfulness.

The Lord will save me,
   and we will sing to stringed instruments
all the days of our lives,
   at the house of the Lord.

Praise God in his holy temple; *
     praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts; *
     praise him for his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the blast of the ram's-horn; *
     Praise him with lyre and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance; *
     praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with resounding cymbals; *
     praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath *
     praise the Lord.

First Reading

Job 19:21-27a

Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
   for the hand of God has touched me!
Why do you, like God, pursue me,
   never satisfied with my flesh?

‘O that my words were written down!
   O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
   they were engraved on a rock for ever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
   and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
   then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
   and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
   My heart faints within me!


Many waters cannot quench love;*
neither can the floods drown it.

1 Set me as a seal upon your heart,*
as a seal upon your arm;
2 For love is strong as death
passion fierce as the grave;*
its flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame.
3 Many waters cannot quench love,*
neither can the floods drown it.
4 If all the wealth of our house
were offered for love,*
it would be utterly scorned.
Glory . . . Song of Songs 8. 7-8

Many waters cannot quench love;*
neither can the floods drown it.

Second Reading

Heb. 4:1-16

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
‘As in my anger I swore,
“They shall not enter my rest” ’,
though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows: ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.’ And again in this place it says, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a certain day—‘today’—saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,
‘Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.’
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labours as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.

 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Antiphon: For our sake, Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross. Therefor God raised him on high and gave him the name above all other names.


Amtiphon: Save us, O Savior of the world. On the cross you redeemed us by the shedding of your blood; we cry out for help, O God.

Kyrie Eleison

Collect of the Day

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.

Personal Prayers and Thanksgivings


Our Redeemer suffered and was buried for us, later to rise again. With sincere devotion we worship him and bring him our petitions:
- Lord, have mercy on us.
O Lord and Master, for our sake you became obedient even to death:
  -  teach us always to obey the will of the Father. (R.)
You are our life, who died on the cross and destroyed death and Hell.
  -  Grant that we may die with you, and with you be raised up in glory.(R.)
You are our King and became the most despised of men, like a worm trodden underfoot:
  -  help us to acquire humility and be saved.(R.)
O Saviour, you stretched out your arms on the cross and drew all ages into your embrace:
  -  gather into your kingdom all the scattered children of God.(R.)

Lord's Prayer

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Look down in kindness, Lord, on this, your family,
for which our Lord Jesus Christ unhesitatingly allowed himself to be given in to the hands of his enemies
and to undergo the torture of the Cross.

Bow down before the Lord

May the life-giving cross
be the source of all our joy and peace. Amen.


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