Midnight: Vigil (Good Friday)

I continue my focus on the monastic practice of seven daily pauses. From midnight to 6am are the hours of Vigil, keeping watch, waiting. A wonderful book greatly aiding me through this series is Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. Worry awakens, “Why this now? What will I do?” Wait, wrapped in Christ’s love.


The Word hangs lifeless. Silence after silence sweeps. Love pours out for all. To Ponder: John 19:30 “When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.” Spend some time today allowing yourself to sink into a space of emptiness and unknowing around the death of Christ. Consider writing a journal entry about what Christ’s sacrifice means to you. Prayer: Loving Savior, Today let me observe your sacrifice with compassion and mercy. Open my eyes to what this gift of love means for my life. Amen.