Family Prayer, Saturday of the Light
Saturday of the Light is the day the Lord chose to visit the dead in their tomb and bring them the news of the resurrection and new life. This is the only day of the year in which there is no Divine Liturgy.
In the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holt Spirit, Amen.
We pray for our deceased loved ones.
O Christ, on this second day of your death and burial, be for us, as Jonah was for the people of Nineveh, a symbol of faith and repentance. Receive our contrite hearts which you have visited today with the announcement of salvation. Then, we shall glorify you, now and forever. Amen.
A Reading from the Second Book of Samuel (3: 31 – 39)
Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner.” King David himself walked behind the bier. They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner’s tomb. All the people wept also. The king sang this lament for Abner: “Should Abner have died as the lawless die? Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before the wicked.” And all the people wept over him again. Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!” All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them. So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner. Then the king said to his men, “Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day? And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the Lord repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!”
A Reading from the Gospel of Luke (23: 44 – 49)
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit! How beautiful is death in the arms of the Father! How beautiful is death with Christ! Our journey in this world is nothing but a journey towards true life, towards the eternal union. Help us Lord to live in a way that pleases you, so that we would die in your contentment and dwell in our house which you have prepared for us. Amen.
Questions of reflection
Am I ready to submit my will to God’s will? Do I live in peace knowing that nothing will trouble me or separate me from God?
Let us adore, thank and praise the most holy and glorious Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord have mercy
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
O Lord, Sea of mercy and compassion, in the abundance of your grace, you give rest to the weary, relief to those who struggle, and support and protection to those who seek refuge in you. O Harbor of safety and salvation, save all those who, in true faith, reached the harbor of your holy Church. We offer glory and thanksgiving to you, now and forever. Amen.