Holy Saturday: Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6 – A new wisdom

During Holy Saturday, Readings and Responses will be posted on the hour from  7 am to 6 pm

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21;9:4b-6

8:1   Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
2   On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3   beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4   “To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
5   O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
6   Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
7   for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8   All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

19  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
20  I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21  endowing with wealth those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.”

9:4b    To those without sense she says,
5   “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6   Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Respond with Psalm 19:1-14

    1   The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    2   Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
    3   There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
    4   yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

    In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
    5   which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
    6   Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hidden from its heat.

    7   The law of the LORD is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
    the decrees of the LORD are sure,
    making wise the simple;

    8   the precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eyes;
    9   the fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring for ever;
    the ordinances of the LORD are true
    and righteous altogether.
    10  More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.

    11  Moreover by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
    12  But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
    13  Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
    do not let them have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

    14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

  • It is a day to remember there is always hope.
  • Listen for hope today.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Great Vigil of Easter (Year A)

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6
Psalm 19:1-14

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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