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Holy Saturday

A very rich Holy Saturday homily comes to us (we think) from Epiphanius.

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” . . .

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4 thoughts on “Holy Saturday

  1. “I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God.”
    Can someone please explain this to me? Thanks!

  2. Human beings have guardian angels appointed by God. When the Word became flesh, He too had such guardians. Now He is glorified and needs no guardian. The angels do not guard the God-Man; they worship Him.

  3. Have a blessed Easter Mike!

  4. Truly Awsome Post!

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