This is the day that is traditionally called Easter Saturday Vigil. It is the day between the ‘Good’ of Friday and the ‘Glorious’ of Resurrection Sunday.
It is a day of silence. In the early church, this is the day when new converts were solemnly baptized after going through preparation during the season of Lent.
It is the day when Jesus’ body lay in the sealed tomb guarded by soldiers so no one could steal his body.
And the greatest silence of all was in the darkness of that sealed tomb.
Matthew 27:62-66 (ESV) – The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[a] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
Saturday Vigil is also a day of waiting. Jesus’s human spirit had left his human body in the tomb and returned to heaven to be with the Father.
In my fertile imagination I can imagine there was a hush in all of heaven – the witnesses who had gone before and the angels of God – were all waiting and watching in anticipation of something glorious — even if they didn’t know for sure what was coming.
Wait, wait, wait … it’s coming.