PS 75-76: Holy Saturday, How Not To Pray

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet.

What not to do on Holy Saturday? No celebration of Mass is obvious. No Communion to the Sick:

75. On this day the Church abstains strictly from the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass. (Roman Missal) Holy Communion may be given only 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.

Communion for the dying, and the two healing sacraments are fine. It’s not mentioned here, but I’d say baptism is out, too.

76. The faithful are to be instructed on the special character of Holy Saturday. (SRC, Decr. Maxima redemptionis nostrae mysteria (16 Nov. 1955), n. 2, AAS 47 (1955), 843) 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.

Another thing not to do is any sort of Easter blessing. No eggs, food, bread, or such.

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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 75-76: Holy Saturday, How Not To Pray

  1. Liam says:

    I don’t think that prohibition would be interpreted to forbid baptism in a case where there is a danger of imminent death. Salvation of souls being the ultimate canon.

  2. Maria says:

    Great theory – but good luck with telling our Polish community that they cannot have their food baskets blessed on Easter Saturday: This is the largest event of the entire weekend, a full church at each of three different timeslots – vs three quarters full for the Triduum services.

    • Liam says:

      Do they wait to eat the foods brought for Święconka until Easter Sunday morning?

      • Maria says:

        I’ve been told that yes, they do wait: the basket is blessed on Saturday, and used for breakfast on Sunday morning. It’s an amazingly strong custom, as with many immigrant communities probably strong here (Ireland) than it is back home.

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