Daily Archives: April 7, 2012

Sabbatum Sanctum 2012

Holy Saturday.  Catholic Culture.  A time to be pensive and reflective for all Christ endured before death.  Especially when the vigil commences after sundown.  

On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his suffering and death.

Christ lies in the grave, the Church sits near and mourns. After the great battle He is resting in peace, but upon Him we see the scars of intense suffering…The mortal wounds on His Body remain visible….Jesus’ enemies are still furious, attempting to obliterate the very memory of the Lord by lies and slander.

Mary and the disciples are grief-stricken, while the Church must mournfully admit that too many of her children return home from Calvary cold and hard of heart. When Mother Church reflects upon all of this, it seems as if the wounds of her dearly Beloved were again beginning to bleed.

Ora della Madre or Hour of the Mother.  The Blessed Virgin Mary waits faithfully at the tomb, for the impending resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

This faithful and prayerful symbolic waiting has been called the Ora della Madre or Hour of the Mother.

As the Church is symbolized as the Virgin Mary, we await for His triumph over death as well.