HOLY SATURDAY: The day when Jesus descended to the dead – Before Christ’s sacrifice, a person who died in friendship with God couldn’t go to Heaven. Instead, they went to a realm that no longer exists. On Holy Saturday, Jesus went there to gather all those souls and take them to Heaven. That realm is sometimes referred to as “hell”, but it is not the realm where the damned went and still go.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (CCC 633) Continue reading