Praying Holy Saturday

Live-Streaming Worship

Join us for live-streaming worship on Holy Saturday:
12:30pm – The Proper Liturgy of the Word
6:00 pm – Evensong

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"Even now, in the midst of daily trials, our entire being—body, mind and spirit—is being raised by Christ, who lives in us and for us. Resurrection to the fullness of eternal life has already begun in our mortal selves. As we follow Jesus in suffering and servanthood, we pass with him through the shameful cross into Christ’s own glory and into the heart of God."  – Br. Jonathan Maury

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

Holy Saturday: Emptiness

Love the emptiness. If you do not have space in your soul – if you keep yourself filled on food or constant activity or ever-new ideas– your desire will be blunted or even perverted. We have been created with the gift of desire, to long for, to anticipate.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Where might life be waiting to erupt out of emptiness for you?


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