Holy Saturday: The Great Silence

“Christ in the Tomb” by Philip Agius

What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.

Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son.

The Lord goes to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying:

‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

‘I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.’

                                                                        –from an ancient homily on Holy Saturday

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  1. Don Siegal
    Don Siegal says:

    Holy Saturday/Sábado Santo
    “Holy Saturday: The Great Silence”
    I would suggest the great anticipation. On Holy Saturday morning, the Church celebrates the Preparation Rites for those adults and children old enough to understand who will receive the sacraments of initiation to full membership in the Church at the great Easter Vigil.
    As the director of RCIA I look forward to this celebration with great joy and anticipation to be part of these rites. These rites bring together the elect (those who will celebrate baptism, confirmation, and first Holy Eucharist) their godparents and parents of the children. The rites set the tone for the rest of the day. The elect and their families then spend the rest of the day in contemplative prayer until the Easter Vigil.


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