Holy Saturday, 15 Apr – Hosea 5:15-6:2; Romans 6:5-11 ~ underwater

Holy Saturday

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentences

Through the Paschal mystery, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life.
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Reading: Hosea 5:15-6:2 (ESV)

I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us 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….”
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Reading: Romans 6:5-11 (ESV)

If we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
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Prayer:

Christ our Redeemer, who suffered for us, was buried, and rose from the dead – have mercy on us.

+ Christ, our Lord, you saw your mother standing by the cross; may we share your saving passion in our time of suffering.

+ Christ, our Savior, you died like a grain of wheat falling into the ground; gather us to yourself in the harvest of redemption.

+ Christ, our shepherd, lying in the tomb you were hidden from men; teach us to love our real life, which is hidden with you in God.

+ Christ, the new Adam, you went down into the world of the dead to free the just; may those who are dead in sin hear your voice and live.

+ Son of the living God, we were buried with you in baptism; let us rise with you, alive to God for ever.

Almighty, ever-living God, whose Only-Begotten Son descended to the realm of the dead, and rose from there to glory, grant that your faithful people, who were buried with him in baptism, may, by his resurrection, obtain eternal life. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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Beneath The Waters – Hillsong


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Blessing

May Almighty God deliver us from the powers of darkness and evil, and lead us into the light and obedience of the kingdom of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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