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An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

March 26, 2016 by  
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An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday


“[He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell

(Apostles’ Creed)

This moving video presentation was created by Theophilus Peregrinus from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday, and is used here with permission. This is the Second Reading for the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday found in the Liturgy of the Hours today.

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 …



Art: Statue of Jesus Christ in grave in baroque church of the Virgin Mary in Dobrá Voda near Horní Stropnice, south Bohemia, Chzech Republic, Karelj, own work, August 2008, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons.

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Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • janeasinner

    This made me cry.

    • LizEst

      It’s very moving…I’ve watched it over and over. Blessed Holy Saturday to you and yours.

  • Joan

    We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

  • Suzann Corral

    Deeply beautiful, both the story and the way it has been told here.

  • ThirstforTruth

    A perfect meditation for this day so strange, and so silent as we thirst for the dawn of Easter.

  • Lynn Loring

    Completely overwhelmed me with God’s Mercy and victory! How faithful He is!

  • Jaqui Bradley

    Extremely moving. The reality of what Christ did for us on His Cross and what awaits us. Thank You, Jesus my Lord and Savior!

  • marybernadette

    ‘As the Deacon from our Parish of Holy Cross said in his homily, to the effect that, we will never know or understand what the Lord did for us on ‘Calvary.’ May we ‘arise’ in ‘Zeal for the Glory of God!’

  • Raymond J. Mitchell

    Beautifully done! Reverent, profoundly faithful to doctrine and history. An inspiring and prayerful work of art! Thank you! Happy Easter!

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