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  • The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on Christ’s descent into hell.  It begins: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.  The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.”  The King fell asleep when His soul was separated from…

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    Salvation and Super Heroes

    by Michel Therrien

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    by Michael Tamara

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