Holy Saturday

Today is Holy Saturday, a day set aside by the church to remember the time between Christ’s death and his resurrection. As you prepare your heart and house for Easter, take time to contemplate the significance of Christ’s death.  


Below is an exercise in remembrance:

Set a timer for 5 minutes.

Spend that time in prayer, asking God to reveal new depths in the Easter story as you contemplate Jesus’ death and its purpose.  

 

Journey through Romans 6: 3-11. Follow the prompts and questions laid out below:

3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Contemplate Christ’s death.

What does it mean to be buried with him?

How does that impact your life?

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Contemplate being united in Christ’s death.

What does it mean to be crucified with him?

How does that impact your life?

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Contemplate living with Christ.

What does it mean to to be alive to God in Christ Jesus?

How does that impact your life?

 

Set a timer for 10 minutes.

Spend that time in silence. Contemplate Christ’s death and the tomb. Think about what it must have been like to be a follower of Jesus on the first Holy Saturday. Let the knowledge and thought of his death wash over you.


For the past several years, our community has taken a “day of silence” where we don’t listen to music, watch TV, or have any other form of audio distraction on the Saturday of Holy Week. We remember the hush that the disciples must have felt as they fearfully reflected on the previous day’s events. We consider what our faith would mean without the resurrection and what our destiny would be without his death.