What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence & stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror & was still, because God slept in the flesh & raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, & the underworld has trembled. Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep. He wishes to visit those who sit in darkness & in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam & his fellow prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, & Adam’s son. The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror & calls out to all ; “My Lord be with you all.” And Christ in reply says to Adam ; “ & with your Spirit”, & grasping his hand he raises him up saying “Awake O sleeper, & arise from the dead, & Christ shall give you light.” “I am your God who for your sake became your son, who for you & your descendants now speak & command with authority those in prison ; Come forth, & those in darkness; Have light, & thosewho sleep ; Rise. For you, I, your God became your son; for you, I, the Master took on your form, that of a slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth & under the earth; for you man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden & crucified in a garden. Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image. See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one. I slept on the Cross & a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise & brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword had checked the sword which was turned against you. But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.