In our Holy week experience, Holy Saturday is a day that easily gets overlooked. In all our other liturgies this week, we participate in very concrete ways: palm branch waving, foot washing, stripping of the altar, veneration of the cross, and stations of the cross. But Holy Saturday asks us to, await with the Body of Christ (that is, the Church, but also to wait in vigil with the buried body of Jesus) for the coming of the third day. Waiting is not a skill of high priority in our culture today. So, for this day, Holy Saturday, embrace the wait; stop; slow down; put to rest what has died; and long for the new life that will come.
Collect for Holy Saturday
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the
crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and
rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the
coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of
life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.