Lent – Holy Saturday – April 23

John 19:38-42

“This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. Tonight is the heart of our celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church’s year. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.”
– Sundays and Seasons

“Rejoice, now, all heavenly powers … Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor … Rejoice, O holy church! Exult in glory! … This is the night in which, breaking the chains of death, Christ arises from hell in triumph.”
– The Easter Proclamation

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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