Holy Saturday begins in darkness, but there is light that is about to enter in. Outside the church is a fire, surrounded by those joining the church this day. From it is lit the Paschal candle, the “light of Christ” that will remind us of His presence throughout the year, in times of joy and in times of sadness. As it is brought into the church, the candles that we have are all lit, starting from the Paschal candle and being passed throughout the pews. How appropriate that we spread the light of Christ to each other. Slowly this dark space is filled with lights. There is hope, but we’re not there yet. The readings start in this candle-lit space and remind us of the work God has done from the beginning of creation. We go to Abraham almost sacrificing his only son, through the deliverance from Egypt, into exile, and to prophesies of a deliverer that is more than what we have seen before. And then it happens. As we break into the first reading from the New Testament, the light bursts forth with bells ringing, music playing, and songs ringing out. The waiting is over. Christ is here, death has been overcome. Easter has begun.
Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:2; Genesis 22:1-18; Exodus 14:15-15:1; Isaiah 54:5-14; Isaiah 55:1-11; Baruch 3:9-15,32-4:4; Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Luke 24:1-12