Holy Week Meditations: Holy Saturday

April 7th, 2012 Posted in Holy Week |

Sat
Apr 7
am: Ps 95, 88
pm 27
Job 19:21-27a
am: Heb 4:1-16
pm: Rom 8:1-11
 
HOLY SATURDAY
LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: On Holy Saturday, there is no liturgy at all.  The liturgy this evening is the vigil – the preparation for and entry into the celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection. This is a Blessed Sabbath, a day of quiet reflection and stillness. It is the day of Christ’s entombment as Holy Saturday is the day, which connects Good Friday, the commemoration of the Cross, with the day of His Resurrection. When night falls we begin the powerful liturgy of vigil of Easter which signifies in music , sight, sound and scent Christ’s passage from the dead to the living by the liturgy, which begins in darkness (sin, death) and is enlightened by the fire and the candle representing Lumen Christi — the Light of Christ — just as the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, the community of believers, is led from spiritual darkness to the light of His truth. Christ’s baptism, which our own baptism imitates, is represented during the liturgy by the blessing of the water of baptism by immersing (“burying”) the candle representing His Body into the font.
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