Mid-Day Prayer for April 11 (Holy Saturday)

April 11

Holy Saturday

Mid-Day Prayer from Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Join us to pray live via Zoom videoconference at 11 a.m. ET at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/571091223?pwd=TjNzM3BIRXVpWEJEMWwwRTF0L2VKUT09

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.

Opening Prayer

You lavish love upon us.
make us people of extravagant love.

Holy God, lover of our souls, we come before you as people created by and for love: Gather us in this time to hear again your word of love, to renew our trust in its breadth and depth. In the sacrifice of your love for us, may we find renewal and be your love in the world. Amen.

My Song Is Love Unknown

My song is love unknown, my Savior’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown that they might lovely be.
O who am I that for my sake my Lord
should take frail flesh, and die?

He came from his blest throne salvation to bestow,
but men made strange, and none the longed for Christ would know.
But O my friend, my friend indeed,
who at my need his life did spend.

Sometimes they strew his way, and his strong praises sing,
resounding all the day hosannas to their King.
then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
and for his death they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done? What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run, he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these themselves
displease, and ’gainst him rise.

Here might I stay and sing, no story so divine;
never was love, dear Christ, never was grief like thine.
this is my friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

–Words (alt): Samuel Crossman (1624-1683)


Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made with pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

On this Holy Saturday, the fragrance of perfume still lingers in our souls, drawing us to love.


Jesus, Holy One of God,
you embodied love for us.
Jesus, Holy One of God,
you accepted love from all who offered.
Jesus, Holy One of God,
we acknowledge our need for your love.


Almighty God, we entrust all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, all who will be affected, all who care for them, and all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and for the life to come, knowing that you are already doing for all of us more than we could ever imagine or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for those in formation with the St. Phoebe School; for those seeking and discerning; and for all deacons in their lives, work, and ministries bridging the Church and the world.

We pray for our parishes, our dioceses, our bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders. We pray for all those whose lives and ministries spread your love, serve your people and care for your creation throughout the world.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, 
     hallowed be your Name, 
     your kingdom come, 
     your will be done, 
         on earth as in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread. 
Forgive us our sins 
     as we forgive those 
         who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.


Christ our God, your love is poured out in death for our sakes: Hold us in your embrace as we wait for Easter’s dawn. Comfort us with the promise that no power on earth, not even death itself, can separate us from your love; and strengthen us to wait until you are revealed to us in all your risen glory. Amen.

Going Out

Holy Spirit, fill us with godly love. Free us from all that resists loving and being loved. Empower us to love as Jesus did. In his gracious name we pray. Amen.

You lavish love upon us.
make us people of extravagant love.