Keep Watch! Stay Awake! The New Light Dawns!
Today, on this Easter Vigil Saturday, we connect the days of Holy Week, especially Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, with the ultimate celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This most holy of Saturdays is to remind God’s people to hold “vigil,” which means “keep watch,” through the night in expectation of Christ’s return. This vigil in expectation of the Lord’s return on Easter Sunday morning is a common feature of the celebration of His crucifixion and resurrection. The Time is NOW to be in prayer, read Scripture, sing hymns, and prepare each heart, body, mind, and soul as we wait in hopeful expectation for the appearance of the resurrected Christ.
And he said to them “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6).
Rev. Dr. Robert Roegner
Junior Pastoral Counselor
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League