The Guéranger Blog

Welcome to the Gueranger Blog! You have stumbled across the notebook I use to record my thoughts as I read through Dom Prosper Gueranger's 15-volume set, The Liturgical Year. I do not have any special expertise in liturgy, but I have some general knowledge of Catholic theology and an enthusiasm for Gueranger's magnum opus. Think of it as the Liturgical Year fan site!

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Jesus rose on...Saturday morning?

Canisius | 15 April, 2006 03:57

Until I read Dom Gueranger's entry for Holy Saturday, I had forgotten that the Easter "Vigil" used to take place on Saturday morning! The custom began in the 11th century, and persisted until 1951. Gueranger never, ever criticizes the Church's liturgical choices, but he was obviously distressed by this odd circumstance. He said that the Vigil was anticipated that way because of the relaxing of the Lenten fast; if you've read what he has to say about the relaxing of the fast, you know that this is Gueranger-code for "BAD STUFF".

The more I have learned about liturgical history, the less I have tended to speak about "the" old rite. In fact, my experience has been that folks who express a preference for "the" old rite usually mean that they like the way things were between--oh, say between 1951 and 1962 or thereabouts.

Anyway, Dom Gueranger would be happy to know that the liturgical "contradiction", as he calls it, was resolved eventually!


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