On Holy Saturday we think of Jesus’ body in the tomb.
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid. Mark 15 verses 42 to 47.
A Victorian hymn for Holy Saturday
By Jesus’ grave on either hand While night is brooding o’er the land The sad and silent mourners stand.
At last the weary life is o’er, The agony and conflict sore Of him who all our sufferings bore.
Deep in the rock’s sepulchral shade The Lord, by whom the world was made, The Saviour of mankind is laid.
O hearts bereaved and sore distressed, Here is for you a place of rest: Here leave your griefs on Jesus’ breast
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The church was arranged in “café style” for our Agape meal of roast lamb with unleavened bread followed by baklava and fresh fruit.
The food was then cleared away in preparation for the more solemn meal of the Eucharist.
After the meal there was a watch of prayer until midnight
In the morning there was a Children’s Workshop, following the story of Holy Week…
In the afternoon, members of our Lent Group shared reflections from the book “The Nail” by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. These were followed by the Liturgy of the Day.
Time for the flower arrangers to “spring” into action!
We listened to the final chapters from “The Nail” before saying Compline together.
We gathered outside the church before dawn. A fire was lit and blessed. The Paschal Candle was blessed and the “cruel nails” inserted. It was lit from the fire and carried into the church in a cloud of incense- “The Light of Christ”. The congregation followed, each carrying a votive candle. Canon Veronica sang the “Exsultet”, and then we listened to the biblical stories from creation through to the events of Holy Week, all read by candle light. Then following the Gospel reading, “Christ is Risen – He is risen indeed!”. The lights were switched on and everyone made “a joyful noise” on various instruments.
Following the First Eucharist of Easter, we enjoyed a shower of mini Easter Eggs and a glass of “Buck’s Fizz.”
At the 10.30am Family Communion Service we welcomed Megan and Maisie for their Christening and shared a special cake afterwards to celebrate the Vicar’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.