HOLY SATURDAY – liturgical norms for celebrations

HW14-EK-11-FBLiturgical norms for  Holy Saturday  celebrations (during the day)  according to ORDO – Liturgical calendar for the Vincentian Family.

The Liturgy of the Hours is celebrated with the special features indicated in the Proper of Time.

It is highly appropriate that the Office of Readings and Lands be celebrated in solemn fashion with the people
(IH, 210).

Compline as after Second Vespers of Sunday. However, it is omitted by those who are present at the Easter Vigil.

Liturgical color: purple

1. On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb, in prayer and fasting, meditating upon his Passion, Death and Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection

2. If it is not possible to celebrate the Office of Readings and Lauds with the people’s participation, there should he a celebration of the Word of God or some devotional exercise appropriate to today’s mystery, especially one that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary for her sharing in Passion of her Son.

3. An image of Christ crucified or laid in the tomb may be set up in the church for the veneration of the faithful, or else a portrayal of his descent into Hell, such as casts light upon the mystery commemorated by Holy Saturday, or else an image of Our Lady of Sorrows.

4. Today the Church abstains completely from the celebration of the Eucharist. Holy Communion may only be given in the form of viaticurn. There should be no celebration of Matrimony nor of the other sacraments, except for Penance and the Anointing of the Sick.

5. The faithful should be instructed concerning the special character of the day. Festive practices linked to the former anticipated celebration of Easter on Holy Saturday should be restricted to Easter Night and Easter Sunday itself.

Vew another post to read Liturgical norms for EASTER VIGIL and EASTER DAY  

For more information visit this page:
ORDO – Liturgical Calendar of the Vincentian Family 

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