Holy Week at st. A’s – Holy Saturday

We remember how Jesus’ body rested dead in the tomb.

Questions for Reflection:
1) As a whole in Canada, we are a people who rush from one thing to another.  Holy Saturday stretches out for us ‘liminal’ time where we ponder simply that Jesus had died as that his body rested in the tomb.  It is an awkward and difficult space to enter for us who like to “get on with it.”  This is a day to enter into silence, it is a day to live un-rushed and be attentive to the Spirit.  What are the things in your life and habits that make this kind of waiting un-rushed most difficult for you?  In this regard, why not write a few points about the kind of person you would like to be.

2) This day draws us into a meditation on death and the way that all our bodies will one day Rest.  It is also a meditation on how God has joined us in death – and transformed it into a moment of re-birth.  What is your comfort-level with thinking about your own death?  When was the last time you talked about it with someone?  Do you tend to brood over your death or avoid it?  Do you have a sense of how God is present in that passage?

Join us tonight for the Great Vigil of Easter – a rich ceremony marking the very resurrection of Jesus and our entry into the season of Easter.  We share in this service at St. Patrick’s at 7pm, and is in conjunction with St. Mary’s and st. David’s.

**A correction from the Maundy Thursday bulletin – St. Patrick’s is at 334 Knottwood Road North NW, Edmonton, AB: Google Map

HOLY SATURDAY READINGS
March 26, 2016 Year C, Revised Common Lectionary

Job 14:1-14
“A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble, comes up like a flower and withers, flees like a shadow and does not last. Do you fix your eyes on such a one? Do you bring me into judgment with you? Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one can. Since their days are determined, and the number of their months is known to you, and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass, look away from them, and desist, that they may enjoy, like laborers, their days. “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they? As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up, so mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep. Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! If mortals die, will they live again? All the days of my service I would wait until my release should come.

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

1 Peter 4:1-8
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God. You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme. But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does. The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Matthew 27:57-66
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.