- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
- To be fully Christ’s we follow into Christ’s death this Holy Saturday.
- As we follow, we are separated from God.
- What separation do you recognize today?
- What feelings accompany your separation?
- Is this new separation? Or separation that has a past?
- Be open to the separation. Be separated as Christ was separated.
- The Holy Spirit is the bridge that keeps you connected to God.
- As you confront your separation, look at the bridge before you?
- Describe the characteristics. It is long? wide? wooden? concrete?
- Suspension? or supported by piers?
- Jesus will walk with you on the path to God, this path supported by the Holy Spirit.
- Begin your journey that will culminate on Easter morning.
- Turn toward Christ now, the one who who is separated with you. Invite Christ on this journey with you.
- Hear the good news of forgiveness and reconciliation.
- It is Holy Saturday.
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD
Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX. Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time. Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within. It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well. So she began to share them on this site.
As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance. If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do. Keep wrestling. God is faithful to your journey. Love and hope will emerge. Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.