What is Holy Saturday?

Holy Saturday is the day during Holy Week that Christians observe the time that Jesus was in the grave. This is always the day before Easter Sunday.

What is Holy Saturday?

Read about this day in the Bible here:  Matthew 27:59-60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53-54; John 19:39-42.

The Bible does not give us much information about these days.

While Jesus was on the cross, he said, “It is finished.” The work of atoning for the sins of the world was accomplished.

After Jesus death on the cross on Good Friday, he was placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea. (See this post about Good Friday for further details about the day Jesus died.) A large stone was placed in front of the tomb. Pilate ordered that the stone be sealed and soldiers guard the grave.

Because it was Sabbath, and a high holy day, the women did not make preparations on Saturday, but would plan to go to the tomb on Sunday morning.

How Can You Honor Holy Saturday?

Some churches host a worship service on Holy Saturday. This is typically a somber service as worshipers remember the time that Jesus spent in the grave. However, it is not as solemn as Good Friday. People begin to look forward to Easter Sunday when Jesus rose from the grave.

An Easter Vigil, also called the Pascal Vigil or Great Vigil, is a service of keeping watch. This service is to be held during the hours of darkness between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. This service would be the first service each year to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Traditionally, this service is the pinnacle of the church year. During this service baptisms and sometimes confirmations were held.

The service often involves candlelight, special readings, and Holy Communion.

Some churches do not hold a full Easter Vigil service, but begin their Easter morning Sunrise service outside, or at the church cemetery, in a similar way to the Easter Vigil. Then they come inside and continue joyful Easter worship.

Personal prayers and devotions also add meaning to this time during Holy Week.

Other Posts for Lent and Holy Week

What is Lent?

What is Ash Wednesday?

How Do You Know When is Easter?

What is the Meaning of Palm Sunday?

Why You Should Honor Holy Week Before Easter

What Does Mandy Thursday Mean?

What is the Meaning of Good Friday?

Other Resources

Very First Lord’s Supper — Arch Children’s Book

Last Seven Words Of Christ

Six Hours One Friday — Max Lucado

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