The Church Year: Mar. 31, 2012
Today is Saturday of the 5th week of Lent. The liturgical color is violet.
In the Extraordinary Form, this is the season of Passiontide.
Saints & Celebrations:
On March 31, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.
There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.
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To see today’s readings in the Ordinary Form, you can click here.
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Tomorrow we begin Holy Week. According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:
138. “In Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of the earthly life, beginning with his messianic entry into Jerusalem.”
The people are notably involved in the rites of Holy Week. Many of them still bear the traces of their origins in popular piety. It has come about, however, that in the course of the centauries, a form of celebrative parallelism has arisen in the Rites of Holy Week, resulting in two cycles each with its own specific character: one is strictly liturgical, the other is marked by particular pious exercise, especially processions.
This divergence should be oriented towards a correct harmonization of the liturgical celebrations and pious exercises. Indeed, the attention and interest in manifestations of popular piety, traditionally observed among the people, should lead to a correct appreciation of the liturgical actions, which are supported by popular piety.