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Praying Holy Saturday

“When you are in the middle of the dark night, there is absolutely no clue that a dawning will ever happen, no reason to even imagine light again filling your world… except if you remember that, amazingly enough, it has happened before, even after the darkest of nights. The resurrection will dawn on you, as it has before, and that is a promise Christ gives us: the hope of the resurrection.”  – Br. Curtis Almquist

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.


Liturgy of the Word, an ancient lyrical homily


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


  1. Elizabeth Slayton on April 8, 2015 at 11:01

    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.

  2. Verlinda on April 4, 2015 at 12:40

    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. Russell Ayers+ on April 3, 2015 at 23:26

    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…?

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