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HOLY SATURDAY

What is Holy Saturday?

On Holy Saturday the Church contemplates the mystery of the Lord's descent into Hades, the place of the dead. Death, our ultimate enemy, is defeated from within. "He (Christ) gave Himself as a ransom to death in which we were held captive, sold under sin. Descending into Hades through the Cross ... He loosed the bonds of death" (Liturgy of St. Basil).
 
On this day our focus is on the Tomb of Christ. This is no ordinary grave. It is not a place of corruption, decay and defeat. It is life-giving, a source of power, victory and liberation. Holy Saturday is the day between Jesus' death and His resurrection. It is the day of watchful expectation, in which mourning is being transformed into joy.

Confession

The sacrament of Reconciliation, Private Confession, is available for all who desire it. Confessions may be heard any time of the year by making an appointment with a priest. The ministry of reconciliation is carried out in the broad context through the care each Christian has for others, and through general confessions offered by worshipers together in our liturgies, with the priest or bishop declaring absolution. Private Confession is another way, an extra intentional way, and can be helpful to anyone troubled by matters that persists.

Private Confession is made available at St. Francis during Holy Week on Holy Saturday: this year on March 31 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. in the St. Clare Chapel. This Sacrament of the Church which is titled The Reconciliation of a Penitent in the Book of Common Prayer, page 447, is an offering to help people realize more fully the forgiving and merciful nature of God. It is offered through the priesthood of the church, its ministers declaring absolution.

When a confession is heard, the penitent is in control of what is confessed and how it is confessed. The penitent chooses the words and the level general description or detail. The secrecy of a confession is morally absolute; the confessor holds solemnly the principle of confidentiality.

Baptisms

Easter Eve baptisms take place at 4 p.m. in the church. If you would like to schedule your baptism for Holy Saturday, please contact Amy Homer.

 

Last Published: March 7, 2018 10:19 AM
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