Friday, April 14, 2017

This Great Silence

Sometimes my Seasons of Lent seem to have a theme.  This year, that running undercurrent was Holy Saturday- quiet, simple, sorrowful, and a time of waiting.  Through all the weeks of Lent, this Holy Saturday theme carried throughout, and popped up in many of the things that I read, listened to, and experienced.  If you are around on social media today, I wanted to share some of these great resources about Holy Saturday.  I also made a coloring page and a printable of my favorite line from the poem that has been running through my head.  You can print them below.

Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Holy Saturday and a glorious Easter!

Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great 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. . . He has gone to search for Adam, our first father, 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 Adam in his bonds and Eve, captive with him - He who is both their God and the son of Eve. . . "I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. . . I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. (Ancient Homily on Holy Sunday, CCC 635)

Catholic Stuff You Should Know Podcast: He Descended into Hell

Not Your Average Joe, by Daria Sockey,  Includes poem "Limbo" by Sr. Mary Ada

CCC 631-637

Click here for the black and white printable coloring page:

Click here for the watercolor printable:


  1. I like this poem a lot, but question the inclusion of writing from Robert Finn on a site dedicated to the education of children. Did you know he was convicted of failing to report his knowledge of profound child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Kansas City?

    1. Hi Jessica, no I had no idea and did not make the connection to his name. I merely found that article when looking for the full text of Sr. Mary Ada's poem. I have changed it to another source as there was no other intent but to share her reflection on the beauty and mystery of Holy Saturday. I wish you a blessed Holy Week.