Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lazarus Saturday

It might be Palm Sunday Eve throughout the church... but in its Eastern half -- what John Paul II dubbed our Eastern "lung" -- this last day before Holy Week is traditionally celebrated as "Lazarus Saturday," a sweet sampling of what's to come before the depths of Thursday and Friday.

The feast dating to before the 4th century, an explanation of the day -- and a taste of its "folk piety" -- was given some weeks back in the winning lectio divina the Cardinal of the South gave to a Baptist community in Houston.

Lest anyone missed it the first time around, here it is again... because, indeed, it's likewise a worthy intro to the Week to come: