Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your day in a beautiful way: Subscribe to Aleteia's daily newsletter here.
Sign me up!

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia



7 Songs for Holy Saturday


Music for waiting for the resurrection

Human life, Benedict XVI wrote in his memoirs, is a Holy Saturday. “We are still awaiting Easter,” he reflects. “We are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.”

The remark had a strong personal element — he was born (and baptized) on Holy Saturday and revered the work of Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, who expounded on the theological significance of the day — still, it rings with universal truth. Like the existentialism of Ecclesiastes, the theological basis yields something anyone of any background can understand. Some of us see in Easter the culmination of all things, “the joy of man’s desiring” (from the 10th and last movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach). Others see a paltry pastiche of ancient myths, one more in a long succession of stories constructed out of wishful thinking.

But all of us — each and every one — dwells in the darkness and silence of Holy Saturday, where “no one sees God.” It’s a day of separation, longing and wonder. The words of an ancient Holy Saturday homily might as well be inscribed on the bottom of every ocean and at the peak of every continent: “What is happening? Today, a great silence reigns on Earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great stillness because the King is asleep …”

Will he awaken? Will we awake with him at “the end of all our exploring”? Saturday we enter into the mystery of these questions — and prepare ourselves, to quote Wendell Berry, to “practice resurrection.”

Gregorian — The Sound of Silence

Matisyahu — Lord Raise Me Up

Dido & AR Rahman — If I Rise 

Johnny Cash — Ain’t No Grave

Bellarive — Lazarus

Eddie Vedder — Rise

Mumford and Sons — Roll Away Your Stone


Matthew Becklo is a husband and father, amateur philosopher and cultural commentator at Aleteia and Word on Fire. His writing has been featured in First Things, The Dish and Real Clear Religion.

Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]
Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.