April 22, 2011. (Romereports.com)
Holy Saturday is the third and final day of the Easter Triduum. It commemorates the time Jesus spent in the tomb and his descent into the abyss, while waiting for his resurrection.
It's a time to remember how Mary silently waited in front of the
tomb. Churches don't celebrate Mass on this day and the altars are
The most important moment of Holy Saturday is the
Easter vigil that usually takes place at dusk. The liturgy reflects
the resurrection of Jesus.
Outside the church, a fire is ignited that
a priest then blesses. With this torch, the paschal candle is lit.
It's a large candle which symbolizes the Risen Christ. With this
flame, participants also light their own candles.
Easter Vigil, new baptisms are performed, while others may renew
their baptismal promises.