Saturday, April 23, 2011

Holy Saturday- The Triduum Continues

"Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

"He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: 'My Lord be with you all.' Christ answered him: 'And with your spirit.' He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: 'Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.'" (from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday- 2nd reading for Office of Reading for Holy Saturday)


  1. Thank you for posting this.

    Holy Saturday has always been for me the most difficult day of Holy Week. The nothingness of the day leaves little on which to meditate (compared with the days leading up to it and what tomorrow will be).

    However, I am learning the value of sitting in stillness and silence, waiting . . .

  2. "I am learning the value of sitting in stillness and silence, waiting . . ."

    By these words you show you are beginning to understand Holy Saturday.
    Dcn Scott