Holy Saturday: Anastasis


This is the day when the Church traditionally believes that Jesus lay in the tomb, dead. But the tomb was unable to contain the Life of Creation. That inability to hold life in a place that is not-life, is remembered in the account of the Harrowing of Hell. Jesus enters Hell after his death, but bursts the bonds of all who have been held.

A while ago a group of people here at the Cathedral made this video of Jesus releasing Adam and Eve from the tomb. It was inspired by an old old sermon that we traditionally read at the morning Holy Saturday service. The filmmaker had never imagined such a thing, and he couldn’t get the imagery out of his head.

This was the result:

May the quiet of this day be filled with the deep action of the Holy Spirit inside of you, releasing what has been bound.

The Author

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...