Easter Saturday

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2023 Date8 April 2023
2024 Date30 March 2024
Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday History

Easter Saturday, also known as Holy Saturday and Easter Eve, commemorates the day that Jesus lay in his tomb after the crucifixion. On Good Friday, the day before Easter Saturday, Jesus was crucified and placed in a guarded tomb. He lay in the tomb on Easter Saturday while his disciples scattered in fear of receiving the same punishment. The following day, on Easter Sunday, women entered into the tomb to find that Christ had risen.

Easter Saturday is celebrated on the day before Easter Sunday every year. Since Easter is celebrated in conjunction with the lunar calendar, Easter Saturday can fall between 21 March and 25 April.

Easter Saturday Facts & Quotes

  • Churches that celebrate Easter Saturday (not all of them do), usually celebrate it as a day of sombre reflection, contemplating the world of darkness that would've existed had Jesus not risen.
  • The Bible only refers to Easter Saturday once in Matthew 27:62-66.
  • Easter celebrations are linked to the lunar calendar. We now celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 21).
  • Easter Saturday is the final day of Holy week, which includes Good Friday and Maundy Thursday. It is also the final day of Lenten fasting.
  • Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. - Luke 24:25

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Easter Saturday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Begin to prepare tomorrow's meal. Easter Saturday is the last day of Lenten Fasting and tomorrow, Easter Sunday, marks the day of the great Easter feast. Spend Saturday cutting up the veggies, marinating the meats and preparing the pie dough.
  • Take a moment and reflect upon what Jesus' resurrection means to you and to the world as a whole. More than one billion people on the planet believe in his resurrection, without it, Christianity would not be a dominant religion today.
  • Light a Paschal candle. These white candles are symbols of Jesus' presence and his guidance out of the dark.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media using hashtags #EasterSaturday, #EasterEve, #HolySaturday and #WhatIfHeHadntRisen.
  • Watch a movie about Easter to understand more about Christ's resurrection. Our favourites include: Risen (2016), Passion of the Christ (2004), Amazing Grace (2007) and The Gospel of John (2003).

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