|The Dead Christ by Mantegna (click on image for larger version)|
On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord's tomb, meditating on His suffering and death.
The altar is left bare, and the sacrifice of the Mass is not celebrated.
Only after the solemn vigil during the night, held in anticipation of the resurrection, does the Easter celebration begin, with a spirit of joy that overflows into the following period of fifty days.
A Prayer for Holy Saturday
O God, Creator of heaven and earth:
Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb
and rested on this holy Sabbath,
so we may await with him the coming of the third day,
and rise with him to newness of life;
who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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