HOLY SATURDAY—APRIL 19, 2014…
Holy Saturday is not as well-known as Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but it is a very significant day. Holy Saturday is between the Death and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a solemn day in which we are deeply saddened by His death on Good Friday, but it’s also a day in which we have faith that tomorrow will bring us much joy when He is Resurrected from the Dead on Easter Sunday.
We should reflect on that waiting period in our own lives and have faith that we will have a better tomorrow. When we go through struggles of our own, we need to have faith that God will bring us through our hardships in His time, not in ours. We need to draw some of the strength that Jesus had, knowing that He was going to die, yet was confident that God would save Him, and He did. When I’m dealing with insurmountable obstacles in my life, and there have been many, I pray to Almighty God to give me the strength to get through them, and He always delivers.
May God’s Love and Guidance surround you and your loved ones each and every day, whether you’re going through hardships of your own or know someone who is. If you have faith, bountiful blessings will happen…
As we await the Resurrection of Our Lord And Savior, Jesus Christ, let us pray (Excerpt from my Lenten 2014 Post…
Saturday, April 19, Holy Saturday
“He has been raised up; He is not here.” (Mark 16:6)
The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.
On Holy Saturday the Church is, as it were, at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his passion and death, and on his descent into hell, and awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. It is highly recommended that on this day the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer be celebrated with the participation of the people (cf. n. 40). Where this cannot be done, there should be some celebration of the Word of God, or some act of devotion suited to the mystery celebrated this day. The image of Christ crucified or lying in the tomb, or the descent into hell, which mystery Holy Saturday recalls, as also an image of the sorrowful Virgin Mary can be placed in the church for the veneration of the faithful. On this day the Church abstains strictly from the celebration of the sacrifice of the Mass. Holy Communion may only be given in the form of Viaticum. The celebration of marriages is forbidden, as also the celebration of other sacraments, except those of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. The faithful are to be instructed on the special character of Holy Saturday. Festive customs and traditions associated with this day on account of the former practice of anticipating the celebration of Easter on Holy Saturday should be reserved for Easter night and the day that follows.
Lord, by the suffering of Christ your Son you have saved us all from the death we inherited from sinful Adam. By the law of nature we have borne the likeness of his manhood. May the sanctifying power of grace help us to put on the likeness of our Lord in heaven, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Holy Saturday (in Latin, Sabbatum Sanctum ), the ‘day of the entombed Christ’, is the Lord’s day of rest, for on that day Christ’s body lay in His tomb. We recall the Apostle’s Creed which says “He descended unto the dead.” It is a day of suspense between two worlds, that of darkness, sin and death, and that of the Resurrection and the restoration of the Light of the World. For this reason no divine services are held until the Easter Vigil begins that night. This day between Good Friday and Easter Day makes present to us the end of one world and the complete newness of the era of salvation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.
Ideally, Holy Saturday should be the quietest day of the year (although this is not so easy in a busy household with children as it might be in a convent or monastery.) Nightfall on Holy Saturday is time for joy and greatest expectation because of the beautiful liturgy of the Easter Vigil, often referred to as the Mother of all Holy Vigils, or the Great Service of Light. The Easter Vigil was restored to the liturgy in 1955, during the liturgical reform which preceded the Second Vatican Council.
During the day, the preparations at home which must be made for Easter Day are appropriate, however, because they keep our attention fixed on the holiness and importance of the most central feast of the Church. Working with our children to prepare for Easter can offer us many ‘teaching moments’, as well.