There is a period of darkness and silence between the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. The Word made flesh died on a tree. Yet even as our souls grieve, our hope is in the Lord, our strength comes from our God. I find the verses of Habakkuk 3:17-19 a pertinent reminder that even in darkness God is still present for me. I invite you to pray the verses with me.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to tread on the heights.
Easter Vigil Readings:
Exodus 15:1-6, 17-18
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23