Silent Saturday

Jesus lying in the tomb

Jesus laying in the tomb

Silent Saturday

The silence of the grave
The harrowing of hell

Light illuminating all creation

We are saved
At last

Easter Vigil

Awaiting the Hour
Where The Father
In divine mercy

Resurrects His Son

The harrowing of hell

The harrowing of hell

Biblical references

Psalm 16:10

For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay

 

John 5:28

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice

 

Matthew 27: 57-66

The Burial of Jesus
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

 

Readings

The harrowing of hell

The miracle of the Holy fire

Joseph of Arimathea

Videos

Each year during the Eastern Vigile, the Holy Fire descends in the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

 

 

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