Vatican City, Mar 31, 2018 / 13:49 pm America/Denver (CNA).
At the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, Pope Francis said the announcement of Christ’s resurrection was the greatest message in history, one that broke the silence of his death and gave us hope in the dark.
The hours following Christ’s passion “are the hours when the disciple stands speechless in pain at the death of Jesus. What words can be spoken at such a moment?” the Pope said March 31.
This “silent night” is the same night we, his disciples, experience today, he continued, but amid this silence comes “the greatest message that history has every heard: ‘He is not here, for he has been raised.’”
The Pope’s Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica was preceded by the blessing of the new fire in the atrium and the blessing of the paschal candle. The Pope then processed into the dark church carrying the lit candle to signify the light of Christ coming to dispel the darkness.
Just like the disciples found themselves in darkness after Christ’s passion and death, we too “felt an oppressive silence at the death of the Lord, a silence with which each of us can identify, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple, who stands wordless before the cross,” he said.