Lest we think this is just another Saturday,
Hustling, bustling, business as usual
After the day before,
The day Our Lord died,
We begin the day with prayer.
"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, for ever and ever. Amen."
This is a day of rest.
As we labored and prayed and worshipped and mourned in the week past,
so, too, did our Lord labor and pray and worship,
suffer and die.
Last night, in death, he labored on.
He went down into Sheol seeking the dead.
He broke the gates of Hell. He shattered the chains.
He took Adam and Eve and all the dead by the hand.
He spoiled Hell's victory and set all souls free.
Now, today, he rests.
Today, the seventh day of creation, he rests.
So, too, may this day be a day of rest for us all...
To the clergy,
If our preparations for the feast to come,
The vigil tonight,
The feast tomorrow,
Are not complete,
Let them be.
Do no more.
Let our worship take care of itself.
All shall be well.