Holy Saturday: Waiting for the Lord

Holy Saturday: Waiting for the Lord

This Eucharistic Meditation is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

THE GRACE I SEEK: to believe that Jesus longs to bring me into his rest in the fullness of time


Become aware of the silence and emptiness of this Holy Saturday. Let yourself imagine Jesus in his suffering and death, now enclosed in a cold tomb. He did it for you.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in in the Paschal Mystery.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to believe you will give me rest.

Burial of Jesus


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“Therefore, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. And whoever enters into God’s rest, rests from his own works as God did from his. Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest.” (Hebrews 4:9–11a)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

In the busyness of life, is there an area of your heart where you have stopped waiting for the Lord? Where do you most long for rest? As you imagine yourself waiting outside of Jesus’ sealed tomb, share this with him. Ask Jesus to give you rest in his perfect timing

Tomb in the Rock


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow these words to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this meditation.

“Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness . . . Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven . . . The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.” (An ancient homily on Holy Saturday, Liturgy of the Hours)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

Jesus Christ’s Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension have won salvation and eternal life for us. Uniting your heart to Jesus, ask for the grace to believe he has prepared a place for you for all eternity. Ask for the courage to wait in hope for the fulfillment of this promise.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


All-powerful and ever-living God, your only Son went down among the dead and rose again in glory. In your goodness raise up your faithful people, buried with him in baptism, to be one with him in the eternal life of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. (Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday)


Today, the Church waits in silence at the tomb of Christ. According to the rubrics of the Church, Mass is not celebrated today until the Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection. During this time of emptiness and waiting, offer to Christ the hope of eternal life with him. Unite your sufferings to his so as to rise with him at Easter.

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