PS 73-74: Praying on Holy Saturday

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. Before we start the Easter Vigil, we have a day to fill with prayer and waiting. As with other days, the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer are recommended. Failing that, some liturgy of the Word or some devotional exercise.

73. 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, (Cf. Roman Missal, Holy Saturday; The Apostles’ Creed; 1 Pet 3:19) 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). (Cf. GILH 210) 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 on this day.

Consider this recommendation:

74. 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.

What would you think? The Good Friday cross? An icon or other image? What do you think of the recommendation of Our Lady of Sorrows? Do any of your parishes provide an image for the church on this day?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to PS 73-74: Praying on Holy Saturday

  1. Liam says:

    In the parishes I’ve been in recent decades, it would most likely be the ikon of the Anastasis (Resurrection) that depicts what in the Western tradition was customarily referred to in English as the Harrowing of Hell.

  2. FrMichael says:

    Try finding such an icon… I’ve been looking for 7 years.

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