Holy Saturday Message from Fr. Frank Pavone
Dear Friends of Life,
The Liturgy for Holy Saturday speaks of a day when the earth is silent and
still, because the King is asleep. Indeed, Holy Saturday is a day when the
Church is called to meditate by the Lord's tomb, reflecting on the meaning of
His suffering and death.
On this strangest of days, the Lord descends among the dead to announce to
them the end of death. He has come to restore the original plan. God did not
make death, Scripture tells us, nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the
living. Through Isaiah, God spoke of what would happen on this holy night: "On
this mountain, He will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is
woven over all nations. He will swallow up death forever" (Is. 25:7-8).
As we meditate at the Lord's tomb today, let us see in that tomb all the
children who have been killed by abortion. They are there. They share the
suffering of death, which God Himself chose to share in order to destroy.
By His Incarnation, the Son of God joined Himself to all human beings,
including the babies in the womb. Today, He joins all human beings, including
aborted babies, in the darkness of the grave. Yet He allows that darkness to
overcome Him only so that with dawn, He will overcome it -- forever.
Dying you destroyed our death! The Kingdom of death is overturned. The
days of abortion are numbered.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Homily for Holy Saturday Morning
Vigil Homily 1
Vigil Homily 2