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SIMPLE40 - Day 40 - Holy Silence

Updated: Mar 31

Holy Saturday

The Two Marys Watch the Tomb - Tissot

It's the last day of Lent. Thank you so much for sticking with me over these last 40 days. I hope your Lenten experience was enriched through your participation in SIMPLE40.


On this Holy Saturday, we pause in silence and stillness as we contemplate Jesus' time in the tomb and wait patiently for Easter Sunday. In between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil I always feel a bit shaken and sad, feeling the death of Jesus deep in my soul, even though I know Resurrection and Life are right around the corner. It just hits me every year.

*Christ is in the tomb.

*The Tabernacle is empty.

*I am missing Him already.

The path from life to death to life is one we are all on. We soon realize that there is more to this and's all part of it, but we trust in a God who has definitively defeated death. Our lives should be transformed by the praying, fasting and almsgiving we have participated in over the last 40 days. Don't take God and profound His love for you for granted. He is with you always and you have nothing to fear.


What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the fleshed raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.

~An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday

Read the entire homily here:

Holy Saturday Ancient Homily
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On this Holy Saturday, don't forget to keep your day "bookended in prayer" and pray Day 2 of the DIVINE MERCY NOVENA.

A Prayer for Holy Saturday from

My Lord, today all is silent.  

You have given Your precious life for the salvation of the world.  

You died a horrific death, poured out all Mercy from Your wounded Heart, and now You rest in peace in the tomb as the soldiers keep vigil.

Lord, may I also keep vigil with You as You sleep.  

I know that this day ends with Your glorious triumph, Your victory over sin and death.  But for now I sit quietly mourning Your death.  


Help me, dear Lord, to enter into the sorrow and the silence of this Holy Saturday.  Today no Sacraments are celebrated.  Today the world waits in mourning in anticipation of the glory of new life!  


As I keep vigil, awaiting the celebration of Your Resurrection, fill me with hope.  Help me to look forward to the celebration of Your Resurrection, but also to look forward to the hope of my own share in the new life You won for the world.  I entrust my whole being to You, dear Lord, as You lay lifeless and still.  May Your rest transform the brokenness of my own soul, my weaknesses, my sin and my frailty.  You are glorious and You bring the greatest good out of Your apparent defeat.  I trust in Your power to do all things and I entrust my life to You.  Jesus, I trust in You.


From the Byzantine Matins of Great & Holy Saturday:

“Today the one who holds all creation in his hand

is himself held in the tomb,

a rock covers the One who covered the heavens with beauty,

Life has fallen asleep,

Hades is seized with fear,

and Adam is freed from his bonds.

Glory to your work of salvation;

through it you have accomplished the eternal Sabbath rest,

and You grant us the gift of your holy resurrection.”



On this last day of Lent, stay firm in your commitments.

*Grayscale your phone

*40 minutes of intentional movement

*Did you give up sugar, alcohol, or snacking between meals? Keep going!

One more day and then we celebrate!


today's recipe

My 20 year old daughter, coming home from college for the weekend, has requested CARROT CAKE for Easter dessert. It's one of my favorite cakes, too. I want to be able to send some back with her so a regular cake won't be easy to transport. Instead, I am debating between these 2 recipes:


Recipe #40! Over the last 40 days, I have shared my love for cooking and nourishing my family through these recipes. I hope you have enjoyed them as well. Today's recipe is a classic appetizer dip that we have made for over 25 years. It is inspired by the spinach and artichoke dip from Lazlo's in Lincoln, Nebraska.



8 oz Cream Cheese

1⁄2 cup Mayo

1 cup sour cream or cottage cheese

2 tsp dill weed

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp lemon pepper, optional

1 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1+ cup chopped spinach



Preheat oven to 350.

Combine cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, dill, garlic and lemon pepper. Can use a food processor or stand mixer to thoroughly mix. Add remaining ingredients and combine until everything is evenly distributed.

Pour into baking dish (8x8) and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350.

Feel free to adjust ingredients to taste.


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