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Holy Saturday

(no eucharistic readings)

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buried alive

"Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life." —Romans 6:4

For those who read this book faithfully and try to go to Mass daily, today is a very strange day. We have centered our lives on Jesus in the Eucharist. We live to receive Him; we live because we have received Him. Jesus said: "Let Me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you" (Jn 6:53). Today, for a few long hours, the Church deprives us of the center of life, and of life itself. Because we can't go to Communion or even to church to experience His eucharistic presence, we've nothing to do but pass the time and wait for what seems an eternity till the celebration of Easter Vigil. Without Communion, without life, we feel buried as Jesus was. But, like Jesus, soon and very soon we will rise.

Prayer:  Father, I will hope against hope (Rm 4:18).

Promise:  (none)

Praise:  (none)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, October 17, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 21, 2002