Holy Saturday 101

Holy Saturday 101

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What is Holy Saturday? Holy Saturday is the final day of Holy Week, the final day of the traditional 40-day Lenten Fast, a part of the Triduum (the three-day period from the evening of Maundy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday), and commemorates Jesus lying in the tomb until his resurrection on Easter Sunday. On this day, the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb and meditates on his Passion and Death and his descent into hell. With prayer and fasting we await his glorious Easter resurrection.

Why is Mary a symbol of Holy Saturday? According to Catholic tradition, Mary represents the entire body of the Church. As she waited in faith for the victorious triumph of her son over death on the first Holy Saturday, so we too wait with Mary on the present Holy Saturday.

How Can I Observe Holy Saturday?

  1. Read and reflect on this meditation by Will Willimon, “Strange, Wonderful Week,” The Upper Room Disciplines 2013 (Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, 2012), 114. Used by permission.
  2. Read and reflect on this meditation by Claire McKeever-Burgett, “Trusting in God’s Presence,” The Upper Room Disciplines 2015 (Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, 2014), 101. Used by permission.
  3. Read this article about keeping Easter vigil and experiencing all of the emotions of Holy Week by Kathleen Stephens, originally written for Alive Now.
  4. Take a few moments to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ death as you prepare to celebrate his resurrection tomorrow.

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