Who are Saint Adam and Saint Eve?
Saint Adam and Saint Eve are none other than our first parents. The first people created by God as recounted in the book of genesis. The Church has traditionally celebrated their feast day on the 24th of December. During the middle ages there would be “paradise plays” on this day where the fall of man and the promise of the redeemer would be reenacted.
How were they saved?
According to Tradition Saint Adam and Saint Eve, after the fall spent their lives repenting and were eventually granted God’s Mercy. As is the case with all of mankind they were saved by the merits of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is often said that that which was done at the Tree of Knowledge of God and Evil (The Original Sin) was undone on the Tree of the Cross, by Jesus Christ the new Adam. Before the coming of Christ Saint Adam and Saint Eve would have had to wait in the limbo of the Fathers, called Hell in the Apostles Creed, until heaven had been opened for them
Saint Ireneus on the New Adam and the New Eve:
“The Lord, coming into his own creation in visible form, was sustained by his own creation which he himself sustains in being. His obedience on the tree of the cross reversed the disobedience at the tree in Eden; the good news of the truth announced by an angel to Mary, a virgin subject to a husband, undid the evil lie that seduced Eve, a virgin espoused to a husband. As Eve was seduced by the word of an angel and so fled from God after disobeying his word, Mary in her turn was given the good news by the word of an angel, and bore God in obedience to his word. As Eve was seduced into disobedience to God, so Mary was persuaded into obedience to God; thus the Virgin Mary became the advocate of the virgin Eve.”
May we always remember this great example of God’s mercy! Merry Christmas