a-Lenten-prayer-a-day, day 40 and final, Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017

my-hands-2-27-17Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, I write a prayer for each of the forty days of Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, truly, relating to a care or concern weighing on my mind and heart, at times, vexing my soul and spirit…

The Dead Christ, Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674)

On Holy Saturday: O Jesus, on this day, dead, Your Body lay in the tomb.[1] I pray You, by Your Spirit, fortify my faith, granting unto me peace with my death, whene’er and howe’er it is to come; and, as God, Your God, my God, raised You from the dead, also give unto me the sureness of trust of my rising to Life with You in Your eternal Presence of Love. Amen.


Illustration: The Dead Christ, Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674)


[1] See John 19.38-42: Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus…asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

2 thoughts on “a-Lenten-prayer-a-day, day 40 and final, Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017

  1. Thank you Paul!! The most powerful part of this prayer for me is ” rising to Life with You in Your eternal Presence of Love”. We all wait for tomorrow, Easter Sunday. But for now, we have to get through today! We have to remember that Jesus lay dead…..and how horrible that is. You remind us that all of us will die. After watching several of my family members die, I’m not afraid of it and I hope I go in Peace, knowing that I’ve done my best to follow Jesus.

    Much love,


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    • I have little doubt, Loretta, that at your earthly end you will hear the voice of God saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

      As I wrote this prayer, I searched for appropriate art work. I found several, all entitled, “The Dead Christ”. I was stunned. I never had seen any of these paintings; though surely many times over the years in Holy Saturday I had meditated on Jesus being dead and what meaning that held for me (for though I know I will die, I can conceive of the idea, but I cannot grasp what it is existentially to be dead; the only state of being I have known and know is that of being alive).

      More and more, as I age, I am greatly conscious of my end. I, as you, pray to die in peace (though, I confess, I am not sure I will).

      Love and peace, always


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