The Harrowing of Hell

The Harrowing of Hell

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (The sign of the cross should be made in remembrance of your baptism)

O Key of David and Sceptre of the House of Israel; You open and no one can shut; You shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.  Amen.

The Magnificat

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Readings for the Evening: 

Psalms 89:1-37

Isaiah 22:21-23; 42:1-9

Revelation 3:7-13

Matthew 16:13-19

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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.
For thine is the kingdom,the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.  Amen.

Personal Prayers and Petitions


God our Father, the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of Your Son.  Though Mary was afraid, she responded to your call with joy.  Help us, whom You call to serve You, to share like her in Your great work of bringing to our world Your love and healing.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Light who is coming into the world.  Amen.

Abba Father, we bless Your Holy Name for opening to us the door of grace, and closing the dark curtains of our shame, sorrow, sickness, and pain, so that they might haunt us no more.  As we journey through our valleys and dark nights, we offer our praise for the promise that You would never place more upon us than we are capable of bearing.  In Your divine wisdom and mercy, You sent your son, The Christ, to walk with us in the valley of the shadow of death, and death He overcame, for the sake of Love.  We thank You for this gift, and pray that He might return in glory soon, to make all things new, and to close the doors of darkness forevermore.  Lord, be pleased to deliver us.  O God, make haste to help us.   Come quickly, Lord Jesus.  Amen.