Due to ongoing COVID 19 precautions the Monastery’s Easter Liturgy will be closed the public as part of the ongoing Monastery closure.

Like Good Friday, Holy Saturday is a time of quiet and waiting in silence. Holy Saturday recounts the time when Jesus was in the tomb before rising from the dead on Easter Sunday morning.

The Liturgy of Holy Saturday is very sparce. We monks carry on with the daily prayers in church of Vigils, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline, spread over the course of the day. But something is missing. There is no Mass this day, no reception of Holy Communion, nor even a special ceremony for the day beyond the Divine Office. The emphasis today is on “emptiness,” recounting the death of Jesus and his blessed repose in the grave. Sometimes this is referred to as a Sabbath rest.

The Church is quiet, hopefully our hearts are as well, taking in the great mystery of Christ’s Crucifixion and burial in a borrowed tomb.

Remember me, O Lord, when you come into your Kingdom.

Blessed Holy Saturday.

Abbot Christian and the monks