Holy Saturday

I love Holy Saturday. It has a strange kind of feeling for the disciples of Jesus. We are between times,- between the death and burial of Jesus yesterday, Good Friday  -’good’ for us, but not good for Jesus, in his suffering and dying- and the Resurrection from the dead tomorrow.

It’s an empty time. Empty tabernacles; no Mass at today;  empty holy-water fonts waiting to the Easter water to fill them again. Empty hearts, waiting for the return of the Lord to us. It’s a time of waiting.

A good space to be in, today,- getting in touch with our hearts again, in touch with an sacred emptiness within us, a longing. It is beautifully expressed in a recent hymn, much loved by many: ‘There is a longing in our hearts’. Click here for same on you-tube: Lyrics  below:

There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts
for love we only find in you, our God.

1. For justice, for freedom,
for mercy, hear our prayer.
In sorrow, in grief,
be near, hear our prayer, O God.

Refrain: There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts
for love we only find in you, our God.

2. For wisdom, for courage,
for comfort, hear our prayer.
In weakness, in fear,
be near, hear our prayer, O God.

Refrain: There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts
for love we only find in you, our God.

3. For healing, for wholeness,
for new life, hear our prayer.
In sickness, in death,
be near, hear our prayer, O God.

Refrain: There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts
for love we only find in you, our God.

4. Lord save us, take pity,
light in our darkness.
We call you, we wait,
be near, hear our prayer, O God.

Final Refrain: There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts
for love we only find in you, our God.


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