Therefore prophesy and say to them, "Thus says the Lord God: 'Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.'"
We all know the story of Adam and Eve: on the first day, God created light; on the second, He created the firmament of Heaven; and so on, down to the seventh day, Saturday, the day on which He rested.
On the sixth day, Friday, God created mankind. Yesterday was Holy Friday, the day Christ was crucified. It was also the day that the creation of humanity was finally completed. Like a branch connected to the vine, mankind truly became itself only when its union with God was accomplished in the person of Christ.
On the seventh day, Saturday, God rested from His labors. Today, Holy Saturday, God rests after His labors, in the tomb:
For this is the blessed Sabbath; this is the day of rest, in which the only‐begotten Son of God rested from all His works, observing the Sabbath rest in the flesh . . .
Yet, as Christ’s death paradoxically brings life, Christ’s rest in the tomb paradoxically is the work of our salvation, the gathering of humanity and our liberation from Hades.
After Holy Saturday, nothing is as it was.
And that’s why, tomorrow, we do not simply start a new week with the first day, Sunday. We will move on to the eight day of the week: a day with no sunset, a day of unfading light, a day free of gloom and darkness. It is the triumph of true life, life unending. It is the triumph of true joy, joy unending.
It is the triumph of Christ and His Cross.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The tombs will burst, the earth will shake, the dead will rise.
Christ is Risen!
Youth Protection / Parish Ministries Coordinator