This is the Night

This video is an epic, 2nd century sermon on the occasion of Holy Saturday:

If you don’t watch it first: this is the day when Christ conquers death and frees Adam and Eve and our ancestors from hell. A long, gloomy wait for his disciples, but a day of joy for those who came before Christ.

At the end of Holy Saturday, we will gather in darkness to await the rising of the Son. As we wait in the darkened church, we remember that this is the night when God led Israel out of slavery in Egypt; when He split the Red Sea, that they might pass to freedom.

This is the night that when a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin.

This is the night that, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and transforming them into saints.

This is the night when Christ broke the gates of death and rose victorious!

Our birth would be useless if we were not redeemed! The wonder of God’s love, love beyond all telling, that He ransomed slaves by giving away His Son!

O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time when Christ rose from the grave!

This is the night about which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.

The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to sinners and joy to those who weep; it drives out hatred, fosters peace, and brings down the mighty.

O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth!

In the morning, when this night falls away, we greet our risen Lord!

(Nearly all of this text is based on, and in some cases word for word from, the Easter Vigil in The Roman Missal, Third Typical Edition, and not my own words! Omnia gloria ad Deum.)

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