See this online text:
- Easter Vigil Homily, by Pope Benedict XVI, on Holy Saturday, 7 April 2007. Available at the Holy See in English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, e Portugues.
See also these related texts:
- “An Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday” (also entitled “A reading from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday”, and “The Lord’s descent into the underworld”). The text may be read online on this page at St. John Cantius Parish; at the Holy See, prepared by Pontifical University Saint Thomas Aquinas; at Catholic Online; and on this page of Universalis (© 1996-2019 Universalis Publishing Limited), as part of the Office of Readings in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite for Holy Saturday. [N.B., Various pages attribute the text to Bishop Melito of Sardis or St. Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus. Its source is cited by St. John Cantius Parish as PG (Patrologia Graeca) 43, 440A, 452C.]
- “The Anguish of an Absence: Three Meditations on Holy Saturday”, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), 30 Days, Issue 03-2006. May be read online (on this page) at 30 Days.
- “He Descended Into Hell”, by Pope John Paul II. General Audience on January 11, 1989. Taken from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 16 January 1989. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture, and on this page of the EWTN Library. (Also available en Español e Italiano: “Descendió a los infiernos”: Audiencia General de Papa Juan Pablo II, Miércoles 11 de enero de 1989. Disponible en la Santa Sede; e Udienza Generale di Papa Giovanni Paolo II, Mercoledì, 11 gennaio 1989. Disponibile presso la Santa Sede.)
- “Holy Saturday and the Harrowing of Hell”, by Dr. Lawrence Feingold STD, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri. (Saint Louis, MO: Association of Hebrew Catholics, 2010). This is Talk #7 of Series 6: Themes of the Incarnation, in the Association of Hebrew Catholics Lecture Series: The Mystery of Israel and the Church. The text of the lecture (in pdf format) and the audio of lecture (in mp3 format) together with the audio of questions and answers are available through this page of the Association of Hebrew Catholics.
- “The Meaning Behind ‘He Descended into Hell’”, by Fr. William Saunders, O.P., April 13, 2017. May be read online on this page of Catholic Exchange and on this page of Catholic Straight Answers.
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“Now this, ‘he ascended,’ what does it mean but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended, he it is who ascended also above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.” (Ephesians iv, 9-10)
“It was thus that Christ died as a ransom, paid once for all, on behalf of our sins, he the innocent for us the guilty, so as to present us in God’s sight. In his mortal nature he was done to death, but endowed with fresh life in his spirit, and it was in his spirit that he went and preached to the spirits who lay in prison… He sits, now, at the right hand of God, annihilating death, to make us heirs of eternal life; he has taken his journey to heaven, with all the angels and powers and princedoms made subject under his feet.” (1 Peter 3:17-19,22, formatting supplied)