I am re-blogging the Daily Devotional from the Living Church Foundation under the guide of friend and Episcopal Priest Emily Hylden.  Last week I attended a theology seminar at which the Reverend Fleming Rutledge, also an Episcopal Priest,  was present to talk about her book The Crucifixion .  She made the point that in  recent years we have come to focus on the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday to the exclusion of our acknowledgement of Jesus crucifixion and death.  What is missed when we do that is that the “manner of his death” speaks the message that he died a form of death reserved for the lowest of the low.  That is God allows his Son, and himself, to permeate to the lowest form,  and state, of human existence thereby reaching everything.

The historic liturgies of the Triduum of the Church: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday -Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday take us through the progression of the events of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  They provide a perspective on the type of death he died and why.

You should consider attending all of the liturgies to make a full celebration of Easter.  I once heard it said that “before you can be resurrected you must first be crucified” .  To gain a full understanding of the messsage of Easter participate fully in the  historic liturgies of the Chruch surrounding this marvelous mystery.

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And Life Goes On
Daily Devotional • March 12
By the Rev. Todd Young

Holy Week begins a week from tomorrow. Two weeks from today we will be in the midst of the Triduum. As Lent winds down, I am beginning to see in people both the strain of a long penitential season and some marks of early joy at the approach of Easter similar to the knowing joy of people in northern climates as they recognize the sun is up just a bit longer each day.

Holy Week approaches. A man is arrested, crucified, buried, and against all hope is resurrected. For the disciples, there was great sorrow, resignation, and great joy. Their lives went on, albeit changed. For many people in the Church, Holy Week is the most emotionally draining time of the year. We journey through the wilderness of Lent trying to modify our lives so that we more properly model the Christian life. We insert ourselves into the Passion narrative, crying out, “Crucify him.” We hold our breath with all creation on Holy Saturday, the day between death and resurrection. And our lives go on.

Through our Advent preparations of Christ’s first coming in a manger in Bethlehem, into our twelve-day celebration of Christmas, proclaiming the manifestation of Christ throughout Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and the long season after Pentecost, our lives go on.

We witness births and deaths, joys and sorrows. And life goes on.

Through all of this, the good and the bad, the joyous and the heartbreaking, the successes and the failures, let us always remember that we are the Lord’s possession. And let us never cease to confess our Lord among the peoples and sing the praises of his name. Amen.

Psalm 108:1-13My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody. Awake, my soul!

2Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.

4For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.

6Give victory with your right hand, and answer me, so that those whom you love may be rescued.

7God has promised in his sanctuary: “With exultation I will divide up Shechem, and portion out the Vale of Succoth.

8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet; Judah is my scepter.

9Moab is my washbasin; on Edom I hurl my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?

11Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go out, O God, with our armies.

12O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless.

13With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

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