Holy Saturday around the blogosphere

April 19, 2014

In addition to the incredible wealth of entries posted by Kendall Harmon at TitusOneNine today, which I’ve listed below, I want to highlight a few other excellent reflections for Holy Saturday which I highly recommend:

First, I want to draw attention to our list of Holy Saturday poems. 

(I’ve been astounded by the number of people searching for Holy Week poetry. Our compilation of Good Friday Poems got something like 7,000 page views in 2 weeks!!!  It’s heartening in this age of Twitter and SMS that many are still hungry for beautiful language and the thoughtful reflection of poetry!)

The other three entries I highly recommend:

If I find other noteworthy entries, I’ll update this…


Note:  For those looking for Easter Resources…  I’ll begin posting some of our Easter Compilations (Easter Prayers, Easter Resources) around 4 p.m. Eastern US time  (20:00 GMT).

Kendall Harmon’s wealth of Holy Saturday entries (updated for 2015)

April 19, 2014

It’s worth linking all of these in one place:

From the Morning Scripture Readings

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (I)

An In-between Moment

In the End A Sort of Quietness

Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Truth of Holy Saturday: Only the wound is there

With this death which makes of the dead….dead human beings in all reality

The Transition

(RNS) What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (II)

Jesus Christ was Buried

Softer Quiet, Stunning Stillness

Eugene Peterson on Holy Saturday

Music for Holy Saturday: Let all mortal flesh keep silence from Somerville College, Oxford’s Choir

Mark Judge: The Day After

Upon our Saviour’s Tomb, wherein never man was laid.

George Weigel on Holy Saturday—The King is Sleeping

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (III)

God knows our dying From the Inside

Joel Garver on the 20th century’s greatest Theologian of Holy Saturday

We Simply Have to Wait

Andy Alexander S.J.: A Reflection for Holy Saturday

The Sound is Rarely Heard

In the silence of this night…we live in the hope of the dawn of the third day


New Holy Saturday Entries at TitusOneNine for 2015
(CT) A. J. Swoboda—Sitting, Waiting, and Hoping in the Tomb of Jesus
A (Very Famous) ancient homily on Holy Saturday—“there is a great silence on earth today”
Easter Night
From the Morning Bible Readings
More Music for Holy Saturday—John Michael Talbot – ‘Only in God’
THE Holy Scripture Verse for Holy Saturday
The Sound of Perfect Silence

Poems for Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014

Here’s the section of Poems for Holy Saturday from our larger compilation of Poems for Holy Week.

5. Holy Saturday:

“Let Us Keep the Feast: Holy Week and Easter” – NOW AVAILABLE

April 14, 2014

Our regular readers will have seen our previous posts about the “Let Us Keep the Feast” series of booklets.  There’s one for Advent, one for Epiphany and Lent, and the third volume in the series for Holy Week and Easter is now available.  It’s been out in print for perhaps 1 – 2 weeks, and it is now available as an Ebook.

Jessica Snell, who blogs at Homemaking Through the Church Year, is the editor of this series.  You can find out more at her blog.

I highly recommend this as a simple resource with a good overview of the Liturgical seasons and lots of practical ideas and resources for how to celebrate the church year at home.

Here’s what Jessica writes:

 I’m happy to announce that in addition to being available in paperback, you can now purchase Let Us Keep the Feast: Holy Week and Easter as an e-book. You can buy it on Amazon for Kindle, and at the publisher’s website for Kindle and other e-pub formats – for only $1.99. Instant delivery, right in time for Holy Week.

Let Us Keep the Feast will show you ways to bring the rhythms of the church year into your own home, so that the celebration of the life of the church becomes part of your daily life. Pick up a copy today!

Major update & reorganization of our Index of Holy Week posts

April 14, 2014

I’ve just finished a long-overdue project:  reorganizing and update our index / compilation of Holy Week entries from the past few years.

Holy Week: Index of Holy Week devotionals, prayers, quotes and resources here at Lent & Beyond

It may not be entirely complete yet, I’m still checking to make sure whether entries prior to 2010 are all listed, but it has probably 80 – 100 entries listed, re-organized by day.  So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and browse through the listings to find prayers, devotionals, music, poems, etc. which will enrich your Holy Week and help you focus on Christ in the midst of the busyness of ordinary life.

An Excellent Overview of Holy Week (from an Anglican perspective)

April 13, 2014

Many of our regular readers will be familiar with Patrick Comerford’s blog which I link with some regularity.  He is a priest in the Church of Ireland (Anglican), Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.   He typically posts good series of devotionals and blog entries in Advent and Lent.  I first discovered his blog through his Lenten poems series a few years ago.

While reviewing that Lenten poetry series in putting together my compilations of Holy Week poems and Good Friday poems, I came across a post he wrote in 2010 which gives an excellent overview of Holy Week history and observance from an Anglican perspective,  I highly recommend it!

A journey together through Holy Week

Here’s his section on Palm Sunday:

Sunday of Holy Week (Palm Sunday):

Holy Week begins with the Sixth and last Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday, which recalls Christ’s Triumphant entry into Jerusalem of Christ on the Sunday before his Passion and death (see Matthew 21: 1-11; Mark 11: 1-11; Luke 19: 28-44; John 12: 12-19).

In many churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves, often tied in the shape of crosses, and by dramatised readings of the Passion Narrative in one of the Four Gospels. In Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Sunday morning, we began with the Blessing of the Palms in the Cloister Garth, along with the Gospel reading (Luke 19: 28-40). Then, back inside the cathedral, instead of a sermon we had and a dramatised reading of the Passion Narrative (Luke 22: 14 – 23: 56) from the pulpit.

The Gospels tell us that, before entering Jerusalem, Christ was staying at Bethany and Bethphage. The Gospel according to Saint John adds that he had dinner with Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha.

While he was there, he sent two disciples to the neighbouring village to retrieve a donkey that was tied up but had never been ridden. Christ then rode the donkey into Jerusalem. As he rode into Jerusalem, the people lay down their cloaks in front of him, and also lay down the small branches of trees. The people sang part of Psalm 118: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118: 26; Matthew 21: 9; Mark 11: 9; Luke 19: 38; John 12: 13).

On Palm Sunday, in many Anglican churches, palm fronds and palm substitutes – or sometimes substitutes, such as yew cuttings – are blessed outside the church, and the blessing is followed by a procession into the church. In some churches, children are given palms and then walk in procession around the inside of the church while the adults remain seated.

The palm leaves or palm crosses are often saved to be burned the following year to use as ashes used on Ash Wednesday.

The liturgical colour has changed from violet to red, indicating the supreme redemptive sacrifice Christ was entering into as he entered the city of his Passion and Resurrection.

The Collect of the Day:

Almighty and everlasting God,
who, in your tender love towards the human race,
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
Grant that we may follow the example
of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Post-Communion Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation.
Give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Go read the full entry.    There are entries for each day of the week including the readings, and the daily collects (prayers).



Poems for Holy Week

April 3, 2014

The poems in each section below are in somewhat random order.  I’ll probably work to reorganize them soon.  But in the meantime, here’s a good list of poesm for Holy Week (generally), Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday.  I’m posting a separate compilation of poems for Good Friday.

Note: for any of the entries from the Rev’d Patrick Comerford’s blog, you generally have to scroll down within the entry to find the poem, as each of his Lenten Poetry series also included background about the poet and reflection on the themes of the poem.


1. General poems on Holy Week & Christ’s Passion


2. Palm Sunday:


 3. Maundy Thursday:


 4. Good Friday: 

See our separate compilation of Good Friday poems, here.


5. Holy Saturday:



See also our compilation of poems for Good Friday, as well as our more general post with poems for Lent and links to sites featuring liturgically-themed poetry.

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