The Office of Readings for Holy Saturday includes a beautiful excerpt from an ancient homily for this day. It starts,
“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.”
The Extraordinary Moment of Prayer offered on Friday 27 March by Pope Francis in a special Urbi et Orbi blessing begins with a statement from the Pope which is reminiscent of that ancient homily. His meditation is based on the calming of the storm at sea from Mark’s Gospel.