April 07, 2007

The Prayer of the Church on Holy Saturday

The Church has no Mass for Holy Saturday morning or afternoon. We begin to celebrate the Sunday of the Resurrection in the darkness after sundown on Holy Saturday with the Mass of the Easter Vigil. Nonetheless, the Church still keeps the liturgical hours of prayer— called “The Liturgy of the Hours” or “The Divine Office”— throughout Holy Saturday. Here is the U.S. translation of the prayer that the pope and all the clergy, all members of religious orders and many ordinary Catholics will use at the conclusion of each liturgical hour of prayer on Holy Saturday from the morning until sundown.

All-powerful and ever-living God,
your only Son went down among the dead
and rose again in glory.
In your goodness
raise up your faithful people,
buried with him in baptism,
to be one with him
in the eternal life of heaven,
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


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