Today, Holy Saturday, the day after Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday, remains a day of watchful expectations among the faithful, harking back to that mournful time when He lay in a borrowed tomb lent by His friend Joseph of Arimathea.
Also known as “Black Saturday,” this was a period of great uncertainty among the followers of Jesus. They felt abandoned after His death without a future to look forward to. It was also on that day that Judas Iscariot, out of remorse over his betrayal of his Master, hanged himself.
In Philippine Catholic churches today, altars remain bare with religious images still draped in black and purple to stress the continuing somber week of the final days of Lent.