April 20th, 2019

Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)

  1. Collect
  2. Old Testament
  3. Epistle
  4. Gospel
  5. First Reading
  6. Second Reading


O God, You made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection. Preserve in us the spirit of adoption which You have given that, made alive in body and soul, we may serve You purely; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament · Dan. 6:1-24

Daniel Serves Darius

 1It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom,

 2and over them three commissioners (of whom (A)Daniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer (B)loss.

 3Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an (C)extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the (D)entire kingdom.

 4Then the commissioners and satraps began (E)trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find (F)no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.

 5Then these men said, "We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the (G)law of his God."

 6Then these commissioners and satraps came by agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: "King Darius, (H)live forever!

 7"All the (I)commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have (J)consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall (K)be cast into the lions' den.

 8"Now, O king, (L)establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the (M)law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked."

 9Therefore King Darius (N)signed the document, that is, the injunction.

 10Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open (O)toward Jerusalem); and he continued (P)kneeling on his knees three times a day, (Q)praying and (R)giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

 11Then these men came (S)by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God.

 12Then they approached and (T)spoke before the king about the king's injunction, "Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions' den?" The king replied, "The statement is true, according to the (U)law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked."

 13Then they answered and spoke before the king, "(V)Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays (W)no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day."

 14Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply (X)distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him.

 15Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, "Recognize, O king, that it is a (Y)law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed."

Daniel in the Lions' Den

 16Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and (Z)cast into the lions' den The king spoke and said to Daniel, "(AA)Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you."

 17A (AB)stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.

 18Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night (AC)fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his (AD)sleep fled from him.

 19Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions' den.

 20When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has (AE)your God, whom you constantly serve, been (AF)able to deliver you from the lions?"

 21Then Daniel spoke to the king, "(AG)O king, live forever!

 22"My God (AH)sent His angel and (AI)shut the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime."

 23Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and (AJ)no injury whatever was found on him, because he had (AK)trusted in his God.

 24The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they (AL)cast them, their (AM)children and their wives into the lions' den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

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Epistle · 1 Pet. 3:17-22

 17For (A)it is better, (B)if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

 18For (C)Christ also died for sins (D)once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might (E)bring us to God, having been put to death (F)in the flesh, but made alive (G)in the spirit;

 19in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison,

 20who once were disobedient, when the (H)patience of God (I)kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of (J)the ark, in which a few, that is, (K)eight (L)persons, were brought safely through the water.

 21(M)Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--(N)not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a (O)good conscience--through (P)the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 22(Q)who is at the right hand of God, (R)having gone into heaven, (S)after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

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Gospel · Matt. 27:57-66

Jesus Is Buried

 57(A)When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

 58This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

 59And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled (B)a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.

 61And (C)Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.

 62Now on the next day, the day after (D)the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,

 63and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, '(E)After three days I am to rise again.'

 64"Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first."

 65Pilate said to them, "You have a (F)guard; go, make it as secure as you know how."

 66And they went and made the grave secure, and along with (G)the guard they set a (H)seal on (I)the stone.

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First Reading · Ex. 13:17-14:9

God Leads the People

 17Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, "(A)The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt."

 18Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up (B)in martial array from the land of Egypt.

 19Moses took (C)the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, "God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones from here with you."

 20Then they set out from (D)Succoth and camped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness.

 21(E)The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

 22He (F)did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Pharaoh in Pursuit

 1Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 2"Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before (G)Pi-hahiroth, between (H)Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea.

 3"For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, 'They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.'

 4"Thus (I)I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and (J)he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and (K)the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." And they did so.

 5When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, "What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?"

 6So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him;

 7and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them.

 8(L)The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out (M)boldly.

 9Then (N)the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, (O)beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.

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Second Reading · Heb. 7:1-22

Melchizedek's Priesthood Like Christ's
 1For this (A)Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the (B)Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

 2to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.

 3Without father, without mother, (C)without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like (D)the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

 4Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the (E)patriarch, (F)gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.

 5And those indeed of (G)the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.

 6But the one (H)whose genealogy is not traced from them (I)collected a tenth from Abraham and (J)blessed the one who (K)had the promises.

 7But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.

 8In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, (L)of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.

 9And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,

 10for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

 11(M)Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it (N)the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise (O)according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?

 12For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

 13For (P)the one concerning whom (Q)these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.

 14For it is evident that our Lord was (R)descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.

 15And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,

 16who has become such not on the basis of a law of (S)physical requirement, but according to the power of (T)an indestructible life.

 17For it is attested of Him,

 18For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment (V)because of its weakness and uselessness

 19(for (W)the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better (X)hope, through which we (Y)draw near to God.

 20And inasmuch as it was not without an oath

 21(for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,

 22so much the more also Jesus has become the (AC)guarantee of (AD)a better covenant.

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