The ancient church taught that on Holy Saturday Christ stormed the gates of hell to free all the righteous, beginning with Adam and Eve.
The following is an ancient sermon from an anonymous priest that expresses this promise of Easter: If Hell is the place of total darkness and absence from God, Jesus’ invasion of it shows there is no place that can hold God back. There is no darkness Christ’s Light cannot illumine.
The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.
I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell.
Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image.