VIGIL OF EASTER
This is the Great Sabbath, when God rested in the tomb from the work he had done to redeem the world. As the Sabbath marked the completion of God’s work at the beginning of the world (Genesis 2:1-3), so this greater Sabbath marks the accomplishment of the new creation.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 88
In the evening: Psalm 27
Read one or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
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, now and for ever.
Pray for all those who need our prayer
For the neglected and those who have no one to pray for them
For an awareness of our mortality
For fellowship with the saints
For the mission of the Church
For quiet confidence in God’s care and for faith in his wondrous purpose
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.