Lent 2018

DAY 46: Holy Saturday, March 31st (Fasting and Full Abstinence until 12pm; Feast after 12pm)

1917 Fast Observance Today*: Fasting.  Try to eat little to no food until 12pm.

*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)

1917 Abstinence Observance Today**: Full abstinence, no meat or meat products may be eaten.

**Applicable to all age 7 and over.

Potential Prayer(s): The Divine Mercy novena and the Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary

Potential Fast Intention: For those in the darkness and for all those who believe they are in hopeless situations.

Potential Give: Count your blessings and share it with a loved one.

Fasting Inspiration of the Day: The Harrowing of Hades.  It is the thought for food today.

Harrowing of Hell

Anastasis (Harrowing of Hell, or Christ in Limbo), Parekklesion of the Chora Church, 1315-21.  Christ is depicted leading Adam and Eve out by the hand.

Today the Lord enters Hades (in Greek) or Sheol (in Hebrew), not Gehenna (in Greek), and opens the doors to those who have went before and died in the faith.  These souls are saved and raised to Heaven when Jesus resurrects on Sunday.

From the Catechism:

“By the expression ‘He descended into Hell’, the Apostles’ Creed confesses that Jesus did really die and through his death for us conquered death and the devil ‘who has the power of death’ (Hebrews 2:14). In his human soul united to his divine person, the dead Christ went down to the realm of the dead. He opened Heaven’s gates for the just who had gone before him.”[11]

From the ancient homily for Holy Saturday (see: http://www.vatican.va/spirit/documents/spirit_20010414_omelia-sabato-santo_en.html):

“The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.

Comments of the Day:  As of 12pm, the 1917 fast has ended.  After 12pm today, we can begin our celebration of Christ’s resurrection as we will soon finish with the Triduum and enter the liturgical season of Easter.

I hope any of you who are still following along at this point enjoyed it.  I have a list of things I learned these past two years writing the blog that I want to share with you on Easter Monday for the last post on this blog.

If you did enjoy Lent and the 1917 fast this year, please send in a comment or two on this post or on tomorrow’s if you’d like!  I’d love to hear it!

May you have a blessed Easter Sunday with our Lord and those around you!

2 thoughts on “DAY 46: Holy Saturday, March 31st (Fasting and Full Abstinence until 12pm; Feast after 12pm)”

  1. I spent most of my life in sin,drugs,alcohol etc. By the grace of god I got clean,still battling tobacco and returned to the faith,to find a divided confused mess.This page brought me back to the truth and helped strengthen my resolve and faith and remind me of the faith I started out in and now continue today.Thank you!!


  2. Timothy, thank you for your comments. If you read my first post this year, I debated doing this blog again this year, but after reading your words, it was all worth it. I plan to do it next year too (since, hint hint, 1919 was actually the first Lent that experienced this fast so it could be considered the 100th anniversary next year :)).


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