Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 11, 2009
"Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great 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...He has gone to search for Adam, our first father, 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 Adam in his bonds and Eve, captive with him--He who is both their God and the son of Eve..."I am your God, who for your sake have become your son...I order you, O Sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead."