I have always found the following homily, recited on this Holy Saturday in the Office of Readings, rather powerful and moving, earthy, pun intended, and real. Adam as an actual living being, waiting in what Tradition has termed the Limbo of the Fathers, until Christ would rise and lead him, along with the rest of the souls justified in grace, pure in conscience, to heaven. We have a very incarnational Church, and we should rejoice in that. For we all, if we but follow Christ, rise with Him, body and soul, on the last day. Editor
The Lord’s Descent into the Underworld
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.