The great silence

Easter Saturday

The Cross stands empty in a world grown silent

Through hours of anguish and of dread

In stillness, earth awaits the resurrection,

While Christ goes down to wake the dead.

Today there is a great silence over the earth,

a great silence, and stillness,

a great stillness because the King sleeps.

The earth was in terror and was still,

because God slept in the flesh

and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages.

God has died in the flesh,

and the underworld has trembled.

The breviary