A Liturgical Guide to Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Friday’s theme is crucifixion.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
So that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;
By his wounds you have been healed.
For you were like sheep going astray,
But now you have returned to the Shepherd
And Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:24-25
Whose most dear Son went up not to joy
But first he suffered pain,
And entered not into glory
Before he was crucified:
Mercifully grant that we,
Walking in the way of the cross,
May find it none other than the way of life and peace.
Through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,
As though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ,
So that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will
Should commit themselves to their faithful Creator
And continue to do good.
1 Peter 4:12-13, 19
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who by your death did take away the sting of death:
Grant unto us your servants so to follow in faith
Where you have led the way,
That we may at length fall peacefully asleep in you,
And wake up after your likeness;
For your tender mercies’ sake.
Saturday’s theme is rest.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work,
Just as God did from his.
Let us, therefore,
Make every effort to enter that rest.
Who after the creation of the world
Did rest from all your works
And sanctify a day of rest for all your creatures:
Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,
May be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary,
And that our rest here on earth
May be a preparation for the eternal rest
Promised to your people in heaven.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
My hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
Pour out your hearts to him,
For God is our refuge.
The source of eternal light:
Shine forth your unending light upon us who watch for you,
That our lips may praise you,
Our lives may bless you,
And our worship tomorrow may give you glory.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Sunday’s theme is resurrection.
Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even through he dies;
And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
Who makes us glad with the weekly remembrance
Of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord:
Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of you,
That the days to come may be spent in your favor.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
Therefore, since we have a great high priest
Who has gone through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
Let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
But we have one who has been tempted in every way,
Just as we are—yet was without sin.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
That we may receive mercy and find grace
To help us in our time of need.
Whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ
Triumphed over the powers of death
And prepared for us our place in the New Jerusalem:
Grant that we,
Who have this day given thanks for his resurrection,
May praise you in that City of which he is the light;
And where he lives and reigns forever and ever.
Readings have been taken from New International Version (1984).
Prayers have been adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1789).