Holy Week @ Home: Holy Saturday, April 3
Welcome to Lent @ Home! We believe prayer leads to action - so start your day with us in prayer, then complete the action below. Thank you for journeying with us this Lent!
On this Holy Saturday night, the Church keeps watch (vigil), celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments and awaiting his return in glory. It is the turning point of the Triduum, the Passover of the new covenant, which marks Christ's passage from death into life. As a symbol of this new life we light the Easter Fire to begin the liturgy. The fire is symbolic of Christ who dispels the darkness of sin and death. We light the Easter (Paschal) Candle from the fire, a flame that is not to be extinguished and lives on as the flame of the vigil candle for the tabernacle throughout the year. We recount the history of our salvation in seven readings from the Old Testament chosen from the law (the Torah) and the prophets and two readings from the New Testament, namely from the apostles lives and from the gospel. We bless the Easter water in which adults will be baptized and become members of the Church. We celebrate the Eucharist with renewed sense of gratitude and rejoicing.
Prayer of the Day
Every Saturday, we'll include a CRS Rice Bowl intention for your daily prayer.
For those we encountered through CRS Rice Bowl, and all members of our one human family, that they might have access to enough nutritious food to thrive and reach their God-given potential. We pray to the Lord ...
Action of the Day
“If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” Rom 6:8
Offer a prayer for all of those who will find new life in Christ as they are baptized at the Easter Vigil tonight.
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Content adapted from Sadlier and Catholic Relief Services resources.