He descended into hell…

Is it odd to have a favorite line from the Creed? This is certainly one of mine. There is no depth to which He will not go, has not gone, for the sake of souls.


  1. Adam DeVille says

    A good line to have as a favourite. In the Byzantine tradition of which I am a part, the paschal icon is more properly known as the icon of the “harrowing of hell” and features Christ bursting open the gates of hell and pulling up those imprisoned there. In the words of the tropar we will start singing tomorrow and myriad times until Ascension, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs giving life!”

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Thank you, Adam.

  3. Rufus McCain says

    As a resident of the pen, Christ’s freeing the prisoners gives me hope, too. Happy Holy Saturday, indeed.

  4. AnotherCoward says

    I didn’t think that the “hell” that Jesus descended to was the “hell” that we think of. In other words, should we go to hell, we won’t be going to where Christ went. Where we will go is much worse; where Christ went was more like a holding pen until Judgement could be fully rendered.

  5. Matthew Lickona says

    Yes, that is my impression/understanding. Sorry if it came across otherwise.

  6. I missed a great many posts…

    Since Katrina relocated our crew, we have to travel for holidays now. I just got back from my Easter in New Orleans—crawfish and Coronas to celebrate that He has indeed Risen!!!

    I had to comment on my favorite
    Creed line. I get to hear it every Tridentine and Novus Ordo… Fr. Stan, our pastor in NOLA, always says it loudly and full of gusto,
    “Et Unam, Sanctam, Catholicam, Et Apostolicam Ecclesiam!!!!!!!”

    Forgive all obvious spelling errors…I took French.

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