|Tomb of Jesus Christ|
In this in-between-time of waiting let us spend this day in quiet reflection and pray with the Catechumens awaiting the Easter Vigil and reception of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ.
The Burial of Jesus Luke 23: 50 -56
Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried. It was the day of preparation, and the sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the sabbath according to the commandment.
Intercessions and closing prayer from the Church’s Evening Liturgy of the Hours for Holy Saturday.
Jesus, son of God, come to set us free, lies bound in the earth. All who hoped in him await a new day, and so we pray:
O Christ, deliver us.
Jesus, you died to set us free;
- give true freedom to those bound because of race, sex, creed, or way of life.
You died that we might have life to the full;
- inspire and encourage women in their quest for equality.
You died revealing God's love for us;
- enlighten those who have no love for themselves; befriend and heal them.
You died leaving your mother in the care of another;
- bless those who leave all to serve you in their respective ways of life; encourage and comfort their families.
Death released you from the agony of the cross;
- be present to all who are ill; have pity on the elderly and the dying.
(add your own personal intercessions)
O God, by his life and his death on the cross, Jesus has revealed the depth of your love for us. One in our flesh, he became one in our dying and burial. Have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and once again call us to life that we may be one with him in his resurrection. This we ask through Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. AMEN.
Reflect with these Resources
Song At The Empty Tomb
Tridium With Dan Schutte