Holy Saturday

Armadale UCA



The Deposition – Sadao Watanabe

Wait for the Lord


Wait for the Lord whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart!

MATTHEW 27:57 – 61

After his death, various characters come forward to attend to the dead Christ. Consider them, their names. Each of them, each of us, has a part to play in the story of Jesus. What do these characters do and what do their actions tell us about ourselves as we enter into the strange emptiness of Holy Saturday?

O Christe Domine Jesu


O Christ Jesus our Lord.

MATTHEW 27: 62 – 65

Here the anxious insecurity of the religious – and political – leaders becomes apparent. They remember the words of Jesus – and they are afraid. What are they afraid of? The words of a dead man? What`s to be afraid of? The truth?

Crucem tuam


Crucem tuam adoramus Domine. Resurrectionem tuam laudamus Domine. Laudamus et glorificamus resurrectionem tuam laudamus Domine.

We adore your cross, Lord. We praise your resurrection.

Thank You for the Night – John L. Bell and Graham Maule

Thank You for the night,

the sign that day is done,

that life is meant to rest

and sleep to come.

Thank You for the quiet

as silence scatters sound,

while God, in both,

is waiting to be found.

Thank You for the dark

to complement the light,

as insight, open-eyed,

replaces sight.

Thank You for the word,

which darkness can`t contain,

that life, laid down,

is raised to life again.

Thank You for the night,

a measure of Your care.

In darkness, as in light,

You, Lord, are there.

A Prayer for Holy Saturday
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.