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Praying Holy Saturday

“About the only thing we can say for sure is that the fruit of our resurrection, our rising by Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, is to live our lives as prayers of thanksgiving, bearing witness to God’s Truth, reflecting the Light of Christ, and serving in the Spirit of Love. So, show me your resurrection. Or, better yet, let’s show each other. Let’s show the world.”
– Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Holy Saturday is a day of waiting, anticipation, and preparation for Easter.  We know that Jesus is in the Tomb.

An ancient homily for Holy Saturday, which you can listen to below, meditates on the mystery of this day: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.  The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.”

You might pray today with stillness, silence.

What parts of you are dying? What parts of you are waiting for new life?

Consider what in your life is giving you life right now – and give thanks.  Consider what is draining or destroying life in you right now.  As we await the glory of Easter, ponder what God’s invitation to ‘new life’ might look like in your present circumstances.

Audio:

Liturgy of the Word, an ancient lyrical homily

Video:


Emptiness (3:15)
Br. James Koester
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Holy Saturday (2:01)
Br. Curtis Almquist
Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 6.15.09 PM “Resurrection and the Life” (55:37)
Br. David Vryhof

3 thoughts on “Praying Holy Saturday

  1. the Ancient Homily…… Dr. Clifford Stanley, VTS, at least until 1970, would have said the King is not sleeping…. the King is Dead…. often referring back to the historic Creeds of Christendom… He Died….

    this homily? too close to the corruption of Creedal orthodoxy?… this rampant notion that we “go to sleep, and “pass over” … No need for Resurrection from the dead, apparently…?

  2. I love the idea of a silent Holy Saturday; spending this day mostly in solitude deepens its meaning and draws me closer to the uncertainty that was there prior to the first Easter.

    Blessings to all of you for these beautiful reflections that have accompanied my Lenten journey.

  3. Thank you for this series, sermons and links to thoughtful interviews and talks. I was sick during Holy Week and unable to attend services but felt that I was able to participate by watching and listening to the daily offerings. It is a great service, again, thank you.

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