The Day In Between

Jesus is crucified and dies on the first day; the day we call Good Friday. After his death, his body is taken down and, at the insistence of Joseph of Arimathea, is laid in a nearby tomb. It is the day of preparation. The Jews are preparing for the Sabbath that will begin at sundown and will last until sundown the next day. We know that some time after that Saturday sundown, when the third day begins, Jesus bursts out of the tomb: resurrected; alive. This third day, the Day of Resurrection, we call Easter.

What happens between the first day, Good Friday, and the third day, Easter? It is, as we know, a Sabbath day. The city would have been quiet as observant Jews followed the ancient practices of this day of rest. It would have been a sad and discouraging day for the disciples of Jesus as they really didn’t understand what was unfolding.

Perhaps they sat in silence, glancing at each other from time to time; replaying the events of the week in their minds. How could he go from being hailed as king, triumphantly entering Jerusalem just a few days back, to being executed as a criminal yesterday? Maybe they wondered if they were to blame. Had they missed something?

The answer to that question is yes. They had missed something, for Jesus had prophesised his own death, but they hadn’t been able to hear or understand him. And so, they sat entombed in the silence of the second day, believing that all had ended.

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God does not work according to our understanding. This silent second day was the Sabbath Day, and if we know anything about Jesus, it is that he is Lord of the Sabbath. He demonstrated time and time again that Sabbath was about being able to live in the fullness of the gift of life given to us by God. On the Sabbath he had fed his friends, healed invalids, restored sight to the blind, and this particular Sabbath Day, the silent second day, was to be one of ultimate restoration and healing.

According to the Creeds, the formulas that capture the essence of our belief and doctrine, it was in the silence of this Sabbath Day that Jesus descended to the dead. He went to the very gates of Hell itself, gates that could not prevail against him, and he stormed the place of the dead and set the captives free… In the silence of this Sabbath Day, he set us all free.

He turned the darkness of the tomb into the darkness of a womb so that new life would be God’s new Sabbath gift. The darkness of death became the dawn of new life.

On this second day, we wait in silence and expectation. We ponder the mystery of what God can do when we keep silent before Him.

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Reflections from a Hotel on the Outskirts of Rome: Holy Saturday 2017

The Ven. Noel Wygiera +

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Holy Week at St. Luke’s

Maundy Thursday – 5:30 pm @ St. Leonard’s Anglican Church (4241 – 44 Street).

Seder Supper and Institution of the Lord’s Supper.

(No 2:00 Eucharist today).

 

Good Friday – 11:00 am @ St. Luke’s Anglican Church

 

Holy Saturday – 8:00 pm @ St. Leonard’s Anglican Church (4241 – 44 Street)

The Great Vigil of Easter

 

Easter Sunday – 8:00 and 10:00 am @ St. Luke’s Anglican Church

(8:00 BCP Holy Communion, 10:00 Holy Baptism and Eucharist)

(No evening service today).

Holy Week & Easter

Noon Hour Services – Short Ecumenical Worship Services and Lunch – 12:05 pm

Monday, March 21 – St. Luke’s – 4929  54th Street

Tuesday, March 22 – Sacred Heart – 5508 48a Avenue

Wednesday, March 23 – Gaetz Memorial – 4758 Ross Street (50th Street)

Thursday, March 24 – Knox – 4718 Ross Street (50th Street)

 

Maundy Thursday

2:00 pm – Holy Eucharist at St. Luke’s Anglican Church

5:00 pm – Seder Supper at St. Leonard’s Anglican Church

7:00 pm – Maundy Thursday Service at St. Leonard’s Anglican Church

 

Good Friday

11:00 am – Good Friday Service at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

 

Holy Saturday

7:00 pm – The Great Vigil of Easter at St. Luke’s Anglican Church

 

Easter Sunday at St. Luke’s

Services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am

 

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