Veneration Outside of Liturgy

Remember our discussion last year on a place to venerate the cross after the Good Friday liturgy? Who remembered to keep the candles lit till the church closed? Is Saturday still a day to ponder the cross, or is it more a preparation time?

From the British poet Christina Rosetti:

Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy blood’s slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon–
I, only I.

Yet give not o’er,
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Veneration Outside of Liturgy

  1. Liam says:

    Traditionally, this Great Sabbath is when the first fruits of the Cross began: the Anastasis (Resurrection) – as in what is traditionally known in English as the Harrowing of Hell – the descent to the dead, the crushing of the power of Death by His death.

    The Gospels differ in interesting details about Easter Day – what time the women arrived at the tomb, who they found there, and what happened next. Luke and especially John have details indicating that Our Lord did not *first* ascend to the Father immediately after the Resurrection in the morning, but did during the course of the daytime (returning in Luke towards evening to appear in the breaking of the bread at Emmaus, and in the evening John to bestow he Holy Spirit to the Eleven (less one, Thomas being absent)) – Luke and John then recount other post-Resurrection appearances, and Luke provides for a final Ascension on the 40th day thereafter.

  2. Liam says:

    PS: I forgot to mention the traditional Latin American devotion associated with Holy Saturday:

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