The days before Easter there are three special days in the Christian tradition: the Sunday before is Palm Sunday, which is also the start of Holy Week and the last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday ,Good Friday and Holy Saturday (sometimes referred to as Silent Saturday). Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday respectively commemorate Jesus’s entry in Jerusalem, the Last Supper and the Crucifixion.
Why is Holy Saturday referred to as Silent Saturday? Being brought up in the Catholic tradition, and now attending a Presbyterian Church, I never heard the term Silent Saturday.
Sabbath is celebrated in the Jewish tradition on Saturday, it is a day meant for rest and reflection. It was on this day Jesus “rested” in the tomb. Friday our Lord was crucified. Saturday his body lies or rests in the tomb. Today, Easter Sunday He is risen from the dead.
So why don’t we honor Holy Saturday, or Silent Saturday as a day of prayer and quiet reflection of the meaning of Easter? To be honest I am not sure, but Silent Saturday should be a part of our Easter experience. Because it is only through prayer that we truly encounter the presence of Jesus.
Today is Easter, Jesus has indeed risen and we have all been given the gift of eternal life. So lets take time today, for prayer and reflection on the true meaning of Easter, let us rest in His Presence, on this most holy of days. Next year Silent Saturday will be part of my Easter experience, I hope it will also be for you.
Christ the Lord is Risen Today by Charles Wesley
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!