There are no lights, no candles, only hushed voices, and relative quiet in the cathedral on Holy Saturday.
This year, due to COVID-19 the cathedral is empty, silent, and still–more like a tomb than a house of worship.
Today, with heavy hearts we honor the stillness of death. We are called to feel our deepest disappointments.
Remembering Jesus’s death invites us to open ourselves to the meanings of life, faith, desperation, and trust.
Joseph of Arimathea…went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. When Pilate learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mark 15:43, 45-46 NRSV
In the silence, in the grief, in the unknowing, help me to trust You, the Reality that I can not sense.
Invitation to prayer
What lament is in your mind and heart scares you?
Share it with the One who you fear is not there, who you fear doesn’t care, and you fear won’t help.
All photographs are from the Chartres Cathedral in France. The two stained glass images are from the thirteenth century Typological Passion Window in the south ambulatory and the twelfth century Passion window in the west. The two sculptural scenes are Jesus placed in the tomb, Station #14 of the Stations of the Cross, and the Entombment of Jesus, west capital frieze (1145).
Holy Week Posts 2020
Palm Sunday (Remembered)
Holy Tuesday (Remembered)
Holy Wednesday (Remembered)
Maundy Thursday (Remembered)
Good Friday (Remembered)
Posts from recent blogs:
Images of Death in Chartres Cathedral
Life and Death
Talking about Death
Hanging On Before Letting Go
Considering Our Lives
Possibilities in Times of Grief
Books by Jill that Relate to the Chartres Cathedral
Thanks again for these meditations. Following is a link to a Theology Matters article on HolyÂ Saturday that came out almost a year ago. I found it encouraging and insightful. Perhaps you will too. https://theologymatters.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/19Spring-Vol25-No2-TM.pdf Blessings in Christ, Gala Rev. Dr. Mark D. Atkinson501 New StreetNew Bern, NC 28560 From: Pray with Jill GeoffrionSent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:44 AMTo: email@example.comSubject: [New post] Holy Saturday In Chartres (Remembered) Jill K H Geoffrion posted: " There are no lights, no candles, only hushed voices, and relative quiet in the cathedral on Holy Saturday. All statues are covered during the time that Jesus was in the tomb This year, due to COVID-19 the cathedral is empty, silent, and still–mor"
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Jill I want to thank you for the holy week prayers.I really enjoyed them.Happy Easter to you and you family.May you all stay safe and free of the virus. Hope the snowstorm they are predicting passes us by.LoveKaren
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