If we are following the real time of Holy Week today Saturday is a limbo with Christ dead whilst the apostles wonder what will happen next.
But today we know that come dusk there will be the first flickers from Easter fires outside churches and in public areas in Finland and villages in Cyprus.
So confident are we that the resurrection of Christ can be celebrated again that this morning Polish churches will already be filled with families bringing their Easter baskets with hard boiled eggs and sugar lambs for a blessing.
The Easter candle, lit from the fire outside the church door, represents Christ to those who follow behind into the building for theEaster Vigil. During the coming year this same candle will stand by every coffin as reminder of life after death.