Holy Saturday is a neglected day in parish life. Few people attend the Services. Popular piety usually reduces Holy Week to one day Holy Friday. This day is quickly replaced by another Easter Sunday. Christ is dead and then suddenly alive. Great sorrow is suddenly replaced by great joy. In such a scheme Holy Saturday is lost.
In the understanding of the Church, sorrow is not replaced by joy; it is transformed into joy. This distinction indicates that it is precisely within death the Christ continues to effect triumph.
–Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983)
One of the most beautiful and poignant sculptures ever made. Michelangelo’s Pietà in St Peter’s shows Mary with her dead son in her arms just before he is placed in the tomb. We join Our Blessed Mother this Holy Saturday waiting in quiet and remember all parents who mourn a child pic.twitter.com/PT42hUuy9W
— frdfitz (@frdfitz) April 3, 2021