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Saturday, March 30, 2013

How are you spending this Holy Saturday

The role f Holy Saturday, originally a day of mourning for the crucified Christ and of expectation of His Resurrection.

In the early Church, Christians gathered on the afternoon of Holy Saturday to pray and to confer the Sacrament of Baptism on catechumens—converts to Christianity who had spent Lent preparing to be received into the Church. (Traditionally "Holy Saturday and the vigil of Pentecost were the only days on which baptism was administered.") This vigil lasted through the night until dawn on Easter Sunday, when the Alleluia was sung for the first time since the beginning of Lent, and the faithful—including the newly baptized—broke their 40-hour fast by receiving Communion.

Today let us remain in prayer and fasting as we remember Good Friday and eagerly await the Easter Resurrection! Be Well, Love P J.

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