Thursday, April 21, 2011

O, happy fault! (Holy Saturday)

  Holy Saturday is sacred as the day of the Lord's rest;
it has been called the "Second Sabbath" after creation.
The day is and should be the most calm and quiet day of the entire Church year,
a day broken by no liturgical function
and is chiefly a day of solemn vigil for the Lord’s resurrection.
Michael O'Brien
"By a beautiful paradox of Divine love, God makes His Cross the very means of our salvation and our life. We have slain Him; we have nailed Him there and crucified Him; but the Love in His eternal heart could not be extinguished. He willed to give us the very life we slew; to give us the very Food we destroyed; to nourish us with the very Bread we buried, and the very Blood we poured forth. He made our very crime into a happy fault; He turned a Crucifixion into a Redemption; a Consecration into a Communion; a death into Life Everlasting."

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, This is the Mass

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