Saturday, March 30, 2013

"The Harrowing of Hell": An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday

A reading of the ancient homily on Holy Saturday found in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday. The homily synthesizes and proclaims the salvific action of Jesus at the end of Holy Week through a dramatic imagining of what Christians call "The Harrowing of Hell," in which all who had believed in God's saving promises before the time of Christ were liberated by Christ himself.