Today is also kept as an Optional Memoria of Our Lady on Saturday. So we can picture her as she would have been on that first Holy Saturday, awaiting the resurrection of her Son, intent on His will, as always. Would she have been alone? She had been given, the day before, into the loving care of St John, the Beloved Disciple, and so she would undoubtedly have been sheltered by him in these days.

When all seems lost to us, may we, like her, repeat our ‘Fiat’ – ‘Be it unto me according to Thy Word’. May she pray for us all, and may God bless you this day.