A Great Silence and Stillness

jesus-dead-in-tombA solemn day, a silent day, for what words can adequately describe the sorrows of yesterday?

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.

– from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday

Our Lady alone never lost hope, she who suffered most with Him.  She stood at the foot of the Cross and spiritually suffered and died with her Divine Son. She is the Queen of Martyrs.

Pieta with border

Let us keep watch with her as she waits in hope and prayer for His return.

One of our favorite chants for these days: Vexilla Regis.  The beautiful words and translation can be found here.

Do This In Memory of Me

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1323 “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'”133

The institution of the Eucharist

1337 The Lord, having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love.161 In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make Continue reading