A Hymn For Holy Saturday

The Entombment of Christ by Garafalo, 16th Century

The Entombment of Christ by Garafalo, 16th Century

I was reflecting on today, Holy Saturday, the Great Sabbath on which our Lord rested in the tomb after His Passion. Also, this and Good Friday are the only two days of the year where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not offered. So, I ended up writing this hymn- the first one I have written in months as a matter of fact. I also tried my hand at writing the melody for it. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be able to upload the MIDI file I created:

O Great and Holy Sabbath
On which the Lord did rest
From those His mightiest labours
On Calvary All-blest!
Upon this day all-holy,
Within a lowly tomb,
Is laid the Lord Almighty,
Who made earth, sun and moon!

Amazed stands all creation
To see the awesome sight:
Her Lord and her Creator
Asleep ‘midst those who died!
O Sabbath rest most awful!
When for our ransom’s sake,
Christ did sleep the sleep of death,
And earth and heav’n did quake.

Yet not in vain doth Christ rest
On this great Sabbath day,
For a new, eighth day cometh,
On which we hear Him say:
“Behold! I make all things new!
Yea! I have vanquished death!
So all who in truth love me,
Come! Enter ye My Rest!”

On this day Thy Church Holy
Her solemn watch doth keep;
Thy Holy Rest She enters
With faith and hope most deep!
Thy Sacrifice Most Holy,
Which daily She presents,
This day doth cease, as, with Thee
She rests in reverence.

Yea! As on that first Sabbath,
Thou dost rest from Thy work.
This day is brought back Adam
To Thy Communion, Lord!
We pray Thee, Gentle Saviour,
By this Thy Sabbath rest,
And by Thy Precious Blood outpoured,
We e’er in Thee may rest!

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2013.
Tune: “Sabbatum Magnum” Noah Townsend, 2013.


About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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