(Original series written Easter of 2020 during the beginning months of COVID-19.)
Today marks the day Jesus laid in his tomb. Engulfed by cold stone, his body laid in pitch black darkness bruised and broken for us. Let us remember this day by being in darkness. Keep the light switches down and the lamps off. Light a candle if you must. Remember Christ’s dark tomb every time you go to turn on a light and thank him for taking on the darkness so we may be in the light.
A Simple Reading
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Book of Common Prayer, Holy Saturday
Keep the lights off all day. Just use candles when you need light. If you want to go all in, keep the TV off as well or have a complete media free day. This activity can be fun for older kids and if you have babies, do this during nap time and/or bedtime. Let the darkness be a physical reminder and perhaps uncomfortable reminder of him who laid in darkness for you.
Preparation for Easter Morning
Get up 30 minutes before sunrise & head here for a simple Sun Rise Service! Make plans to attend or visit church virtually, connect with friends and family in the afternoon over Facetime or Zoom, watch some Easter movies and celebrate with your household. If you are alone, make this a time of significant soul-care. Do something creative and active. Go for a sun rise run or walk in the morning. Plan to have a virtual brunch with friends. You are not alone, plan to stay connected throughout the day with people.