Silent Saturday

I’ve always wondered if there was a kind of observance for the Saturday that falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Is there some kind of liturgical tradition in the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox or Episcopalian churches? I’m asking not to make a point but because I really do not know.

I think it might be a good idea to have something like a Silent Saturday to reflect on what the disciples must have been going through after witnessing the events of Friday’s crucifixion, remembering Jesus’ words about all He would go through, and trying to process it all.

I imagine that even after all they had been through and all they had seen Jesus say and do, they were still at a loss. I would almost be willing to bet that they were in shock and numb, unable yet to grieve the incredible loss.

What kind of a service would even be appropriate for such a day? I realize that we have nothing in Scripture to indicate what happened between Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus taking Jesus body to be buried in an unused tomb and those events on early Sunday morning. Perhaps a day of introspection, prayer and silence would fit this day.

Again, any of you who are from different denominational backgrounds and know something can always chime in with their own experiences. I really would like to know. Maybe it’s too much to have Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

It’s comforting to be able to be on this side of history and to anticipate the coming joy that Sunday will bring. Even on Saturday, we can still celebrate the inevitable victory of the cross and the resurrection, knowing that nothing from then on would ever be the same again.

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