OCTOBER DEVOTION: DAY 30 – DEVOTION TO OUR LADY ON SATURDAY

Our Lady of Holy Saturday: Awaiting the Resurrection With Mary and the Disciples (English Edition) eBook : Martini Carlo Maria: Amazon.com.br: LivrosThe Church has the custom of dedicating Saturday in devotion to devotion to Our Lady. The reason for this devotion is simple and is related to the event of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus, because on Saturday, after Good Friday, the Virgin Mary was the only person who remained firm in her faith, waiting for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That Holy Saturday was the day that Our Lady remained alone in prayer, without the physical presence of Jesus by her side, and that is why this day was considered the Saturday of solitude, desert, death, and mourning. It was the day that Mary Most Holy wept and suffered for the absence of her Son.

On Holy Saturday, Our Lady Stands Without Her Son and Savior| National Catholic RegisterOn the Saturday that preceded the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as tradition puts it, only Our Lady, throughout the Earth, personified the Catholic Church, because, as the Gospels tell us, after the death of Christ, the Apostles, and Disciples hesitated in faith, they forgot Christ’s promises concerning His resurrection and locked themselves in their homes for fear of persecution. Therefore, on that Holy Saturday, or rather since Good Friday, Our Lady never wavered in her firm faith. She remained steadfast in the certainty that, being God, Christ would rise on Sunday, heralding a new dawn. Even knowing that the Apostles were experiencing the tragic hour of doubt, the Virgin Mary continued to meditate, in silence and abandonment, waiting for the dawn of the first rays of the Lord’s resurrection.

Klarissi Malta: HOLY SATURDAY - Meditation on the Seven Sorrows of MaryWith the development of Church History, many faithful began to celebrate Saturday with many acts of Christian piety, in honor of the Holy Mother of God. Saint John Damascene, in the eighth century, in his writings, makes reference to the celebration of the Sabbath dedicated to Mary in the Church of the East. Later, we find in the liturgical books of the ninth and tenth centuries masses in honor of Mary on Saturday. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the great theologians, such as Saint Bernard, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Bonaventure, explained the dedication of Saturdays to Our Lady, highlighting the time of Christ’s rest in the tomb. That Saturday, all the disciples had forsaken Christ; only the Virgin Mary continued to believe, so this is her day. In the 16th century, more precisely in 1570, the Roman Missal of Saint Pius V presented a Liturgy of the Mass of Our Lady on Saturdays.

Our Lady of Fatima Miracle - Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church - Albuquerque, NMIn the middle of the 20th century, in the apparitions of Our Lady in Fátima, on June 13th and July 13th, 1917, Our Lady asked the little seer Lúcia to disclose the custom of dedicating Saturdays in her honor and devotion. She also asked that, especially on Saturdays, we pray the Rosary in reparation for sins: “Jesus wants to establish in the world the devotion of my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. I will return to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the restorative devotion of the First Saturdays”. In response to the requests and claims of Our Lady of Fatima, many Catholic faithful began to include and value the Marian devotions on Saturday, among others, the thousand Ave Marias, the Rosary in the family, the prayer of the Office of the Immaculate, the first Saturdays in devotion to the Virgin, participation in the Eucharist and carrying out works of mercy in favour of others.

The Office of the Immaculate which we pray on Saturdays is the optional Liturgy of devotion to Mary that is prayed by priests, monks, and nuns. In the recitation of the Office of the Immaculate One, we are all called to participate. In this prayer, psalms, readings, hymns, and prayers are recited to honour Holy Mary, Mother of God. Through the exercise of the Rosary prayer, which on Saturdays has a more Marian aroma, we learn from the Virgin Mother to place Christ at the center of our lives and of all things. When we bend our knees and pray the Rosary, we relive the significant moments in the History of Salvation, going through the various stages of Jesus’ life and mission, that is, we participate, in some way, in the conversion of sins and in the construction of peace in the world.

Today, more than ever, the world needs prayers. Today, more than ever, we must turn to Our Lady, for she is the “Full of grace”, who teaches us to walk even in the midst of storms, with the firmness of faith. Together with the Virgin Mother, we learn that whoever asks God for grace must first of all believe that he will be answered. He must have faith that, in due time, God will hear.

Above all, contemplating the person of the Virgin Mary in the solitude of Holy Saturday, we learn that whoever has faith waits, does not waver, does not fear, instead, they love and wait. On that Holy Saturday, she confirmed the solidity of her faith, even in the face of the darkness of death, and that is why she contemplated the night par excellence of faith and hope. While everything was plunged into darkness, the Virgin Mother watched. Watching, when the first rays of the awaited Sunday of the Resurrection arrived, the Blessed Virgin Mary certainly met the living and Risen Christ and effusively participated in the joy of the Resurrection.

After His Resurrection, Jesus Appeared First to His Mother Mary, Say the Saints| National Catholic RegisterPrayer: Beloved Mother, Our Lady of the Sabbath, may we too keep vigil in the silence of the dark nights, believing and hoping in the Word and promises of Christ. Acting in this way, we will find, in the announced time, in the fullness of light and life, our Redeemer, the first fruit of the risen, who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen!

Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Ressurection, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Shalom!
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?

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Michael Umande
Michael Umande
26 days ago

“contemplating the person of the Virgin Mary in the solitude of Holy Saturday, we learn that whoever has faith waits, does not waver, does not fear, instead, they love and wait”
Hail full of Grace! Pray for us

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