Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

Holy Saturday

3 Apr 2021, midnight
Lent

Read here and also listen to the Bishop Of Birmingham's message at https://youtu.be/P_U5G_YJlRc

Welcome & Opening Prayer Today is Holy Saturday when we remember that after His death, Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb whilst his friends and family stayed at home and kept the Sabbath.

Let’s hear what from John 19v38-end (NRVSA): Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. Silence

Let us pray: From the depths we cry to you, Lord God: give light to our darkness and bring us out of the prison of our sin and despair; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Lords’ prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

The Grace: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and evermore. AMEN

Thank you for joining us today. I hope you can join us again tomorrow as we continue our Holy Week journey.