Today is a day of fasting and mourning. Many churches remove the colored paraments from the altar and pulpit, as well as veiling the crosses. Many believers, dressed in black, will visit fourteen churches on this day, meditating on one of the stations of the cross at each one.
Put yourself into the disciples' shoes. How would you feel? Lost? Betrayed? Confused?
Thank God for sending his Son to atone for your sins. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.