Contemplating the Gospel: seal the Tomb and wait

On the Saturday before Easter, Christians prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Be quiet, be still. Listen.

Icon of Christ's descent into hell. Jim Forest Flickr

Holy and Great Saturday

Matthew 27:62-66 - After the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise.' Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last fraud will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can." So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. (ESV)

Reflection: Be quiet. Be still. Let God work. Great Saturday is a day of waiting, of expectation. We await the resurrection of Christ with confidence and hope.

Scripture Readings:

    Matins - Ezekiel 37:1-14, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 and Galatians 3:13,14 (Composite Reading), Matthew 27:62-66

    Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil - 1) Genesis 1:1-13, 2) Isaiah 60:1-16, 3) Exodus 12:1-11, 4) The Book of Jonah, 5) Joshua 5:10-15, 6) Exodus 13:20-15:19, 7) Zephaniah 3:8-15, 8) 1 Kings 17:8-24, 9) Isaiah 61:10-62:5, 10) Genesis 22:1-18, 11) Isaiah 61:1-9, 12) 2 Kings 4:8-37, 13) Isaiah 63:11-64:5, 14) Jeremiah 31:31-34, 15) Daniel 3:1-90, Romans 6:3-11, Matthew 28:1-20

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