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As the final day of Holy Week and the day before Easter Sunday, Holy Saturday holds a unique place in the Christian calendar. While it may not be as widely recognized as Good Friday or Easter Sunday, Holy Saturday offers an important space for reflection, waiting, and anticipation as we remember the day Jesus' body lay in the tomb. In this blog post, we'll explore the meaning and significance of Holy Saturday and how you can observe this sacred day.

The Meaning of Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday, also known as the Great Sabbath, commemorates the day Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb following his crucifixion. This day serves as a bridge between the sorrow of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday, providing an opportunity for Christians to meditate on the themes of death, silence, and waiting.

Observing Holy Saturday

Imagine you are a follower of Jesus the day after Jesus was crucified. What thoughts and emotions would you experience? This mindset of waiting allows Christians to reflect on their faith by remembering what the world would be like without Jesus.

There is no universal way to observe Holy Saturday, as different Christian denominations and communities have developed unique traditions and rituals. However, some common elements can be found in the various observances of Holy Saturday:

  1. Silence and Prayer: Many Christians spend Holy Saturday in quiet reflection and prayer, contemplating Jesus' death, waiting, and hope. This silence and contemplation can provide a meaningful space for spiritual growth and deepening one's faith.
  2. Blessing of the Easter Baskets: In some Christian traditions, particularly those of Eastern European origin, Holy Saturday is when families prepare and bless their Easter baskets. At CLP, we celebrate with an Easter Egg hunt today at 10 am.
  3. Create a sacred space: Set aside a quiet place in your home for prayer and contemplation on Holy Saturday. You might light a candle, display a cross, or create a small altar with meaningful symbols to help you focus your thoughts and prayers.
  4. Read Scripture: Spend time reading passages from the Bible that relate to the events of Holy Saturday, such as the Gospel accounts of Jesus' burial (Matthew 27:57-66, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, and John 19:38-42). Reflect on the emotions and experiences of Jesus' followers as they mourned his death and awaited his resurrection.
  5. Pray for patience and faith: Use this day of waiting as an opportunity to pray for patience and trust in your own life. Ask God to help you remain steadfast in your faith, even when faced with doubt, uncertainty, or hardship.
  6. Reach out to others: Holy Saturday can be a time to reach out to those needing hope or encouragement. Consider writing a note or making a phone call to someone struggling, offering your support and reminding them of the hope Easter brings.


Though often overshadowed by Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Holy Saturday is an essential part of the Christian Holy Week journey. This day of silence, waiting, and anticipation invites us to reflect on death, hope, and resurrection. By observing Holy Saturday, we can better appreciate the transformative power of Jesus' resurrection and the hope it offers to all who believe.