As we move into Holy Saturday, Christians around the world are holding vigil, eagerly awaiting the first glimmers of the morning that brings Christ’s resurrection.
I invite you to join together in your own vigil. Traditionally there are twelve stories that tell the whole story of salvation, beginning with creation and culminating with the Resurrection.
Here are some resources to help you along your way or you can scroll down to a prayer and the list of readings.
May you know God’s peace and love as we anticipate the good news among us!
The Triduum Project (Creative Livestream from Maundy Thursday to Easter Morning)
The Vigil and Readings
Sisters and brothers in Christ, on this most holy night when our Savior Jesus Christ passed from death to life, we gather with the church throughout the world in vigil and prayer. This is the passover of Jesus Christ. Through light and the word, through water and oil, bread and wine, we proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection, share Christ’s triumph over sin and death, and await Christ’s coming again in glory.
Let us pray,
O God, you are the creator of the world, the liberator of your people, and the wisdom of the earth. By the resurrection of your Son free us from our fears, restore us in your image, and ignite us with your light, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Second Reading: Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13
Testing of Abraham
Third Reading: Genesis 22:1-18
Deliverance at the Red Sea
Fourth Reading: Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
Salvation Freely Offered to All
Fifth Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11
The Wisdom of God
Sixth Reading: Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6
A New Heart and a New Spirit
Seventh Reading: Ezekiel 36:24-28
Valley of the Dry Bones
Eighth Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Gathering of God's People
Ninth Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Call of Jonah
Tenth Reading: Jonah 1:1–2:1
Clothed in the Garments of Salvation
Eleventh Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11
Deliverance from the Fiery Furnace
Twelfth Reading: Daniel 3:1-29
New Testament Reading: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: John 20:1-18