The Great Vigil of Easter

the empty tomb

The Prayers at the Porch The Blessing of the New Fire

O God, who by thy Son, the true Corner–stone, hast bestowed on thy faithful people the fire of thy brightness: sanct✠ify this new fire, now struck by us from flint–stone, that it may be profitable to our service: and grant that by this Paschal . . . → Read More: The Great Vigil of Easter

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Doctor

Ambrose and Theodosius

Saint Ambrose barring Theodosius from Milan Cathedral, by Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). From Wikipedia.

Replenish the Church, O Lord God, with the spirit of boldness, to judge righteous judgement; with the spirit of sound learning, to interpret thy truth; with the spirit of worship to magnify thy mercy in the beauty of holiness: . . . → Read More: Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Doctor

Holy Saturday

Cristo en la Cruz

Christ on the Cross, by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834–1890). From Wikipedia.

Grant, O Lord, that as we are baptised into the death of thy blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we . . . → Read More: Holy Saturday