God Has Died in the Flesh and Hell Trembles With Fear Print
Written by Sherry   
Saturday, 07 April 2007 07:15

I’ve always had a special love for Holy Saturday. Today is the day that the power of the resurrection of Christ begins to break in to our world in a real, transforming, but still largely hidden way.

Much as we experience it in our own lives.

Its Saturday but Sunday's coming.

The Harrowing of Hell was a major theme in medieval English literary tradition. The British Museum has a collection of seven wonderful images of the Harrowing of Hell online.

I have always loved this passage, described only as an "ancient homily" in the Office of Readings for today:

“Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole 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.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapons that had won him the victory. At the sign of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him. “And with your spirit.”

He took him by the hand and raise him up saying: “Awake O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”