Holy Saturday - Jesus in the Tomb

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Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

The day celebrates the vigil that Christ's followers held for him outside of his tomb, waiting for his resurrection.

Who celebrates Holy Saturday?

Protestant churches such as Methodists and Lutherans and United Church of Christ consider Holy Saturday as a day of contemplation between the Good Friday and Easter services—typically, no special services are held. 

Practicing Mormons (the Church of the Latter Day Saints) hold a Vigil on Saturday night, during which people gather outside the church, make a fire pit and then light candles together before entering the church. 

Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the Great and Holy Saturday, or the Blessed Sabbath, on which day some parishioners attend vespers and listen to the Liturgy of Saint Basil.

Russian Orthodox churches celebrate Holy Saturday as part of the week-long Great and Holy Week, beginning Palm Sunday. Saturday is the last day of the fast, and celebrants break the fast and attend church services. 

Catholic churches celebrate Holy Saturday as it is the last day of Lent and ofHoly Week, and the third day of the Easter Triduum, the three high holidays before Easter, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. They hold a mass known as an Easter Vigil at sundown on Saturday.

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