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How to Celebrate Holy Saturday

Updated: Apr 11

Today is Holy Saturday. Jesus, the hope of so many people, had been brutally murdered and buried on Good Friday. The anguish his followers must have felt. The shock. The devastation.

The man that had radically changed their lives, which they believed was their Savior was gone. The disbelief and utter horror they must have felt on Holy Saturday.

Yet we know now, through holy scripture, that this is the day Jesus descended to the land of the dead where the Gospel message was preached. Jesus’ saving works continued and the world had no idea.

This is why we are suspended on Holy Saturday between the world of darkness, sin, and death and the new world of light and resurrection.

We remember the anguish the followers of Jesus felt on this day but it is hard to contain our excitement because we know what tomorrow holds - the most glorious day of all - the day that Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and defeated death forever!

Ways to celebrate:

Read Matthew 27:57-66.

Discuss. Why do you think Joseph of Arimathea allowed Jesus to be buried in his tomb? Why do you think Mary Magdalene and Mary waited outside the tomb? How do you think they felt as they waited? What were the Pharisees afraid was going to happen to the body of Jesus? What did Pilate do to keep this from happening?

Get ready. Dye your Easter eggs and get all of your church clothes ready for the Great Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday.

If you can, attend an Easter Vigil service.

Make Resurrection Cookies with your family. Resurrection Cookies are meringue cookies with special interactive steps and scriptures to walk your family through the death and resurrection of Jesus. You bake the cookies in a warm oven overnight and when your children try them on Easter morning, they will find that the cookies are “empty” just like Jesus’ tomb!

Resurrection Cookies

After supper, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Then assemble the ingredients for the Resurrection cookies.