The day of the Crucifixion has passed. The master – the hope of the world , the light of the world is gone. He lays in the tomb. The disciples have dispersed and all are afraid, afraid to admit they knew him and loved him as he loved them . Is this truly the end? Are the forces of evil and darkness triumphant over us? Is everlasting damnation to be our fate? Has God given up on us and decided to destroy us again as in the flood? Briefly and fleetingly this seems so yet to be dispelled by the morning light and the discovery that “He is Risen”.
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath , so we may await with him the coming of the third day , and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
In our daily lives and work we all experience birth, and crucifixion at the hands of our fellows, but then resurrection as new life beckons and we once again experience the reawakening of that spark within us which is God himself. Let us mourn in the hope of the Resurrection.
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