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Named after the Roman god Saturn, the seventh day of the week consecrated by the Church for devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Since patristic times, Saturday was observed in memory of Mary's trustful faith during the first Holy Saturday, while Christ was in the tomb. (Etym. Middle English Saterday; Old English Saeterdaeg, short for Saeternegdaeg, Saturn's day.)
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