Thanks to Rev. Sam Schuldheisz who posted passages from J. R. R. Tolkien on “eucatastrophe,” a word he coined for “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears.” Tolkien then developed the idea that the eucatastrophe of history is the Birth of Christ, and the eucatastrophe of the Incarnation is His resurrection. [Read more…]
It’s still Easter, and it will be for 40 days, corresponding to the 40 days that the risen Jesus was with his disciples until His Assumption into Heaven. So we should still revel in this season, and I’m going to be putting up more Easter posts.
G. C. McLoughlin shows why St. John Chrysostom was called “Chrysostom”–that is, “golden-mouthed”–by quoting from his exuberant, joyful homily that is read at Easter matins in the Orthodox church. [Read more…]
When the Angel of the empty tomb appeared to the Roman guards, those courageous battle-hardened soldiers were so afraid that they passed out. When the same Angel appeared to the women who came to care for the body of Jesus, they were also afraid, but they left “with fear and great joy.” What was the difference? The women had the Word of God proclaimed to them. So explained our pastor in an illuminating Easter sermon, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]
There is a Creation. And there is also a New Creation. God created the universe in 6 days and on the 7th, He rested. His other stupendous work was when the Second Person of the Trinity became incarnate and took the evils and sufferings of His creation into Himself, dying to atone for them, and rising again. His resurrection took place on the day after the Sabbath, an 8th day.
The early Church made much of this symbolism. Sunday was considered not the first day of the week but the 8th day. Baptismal fonts were octagonal. Now that Christ has risen from the dead, we live in the age of the New Creation, the 8th day. After the jump, an excerpt from an essay by Dale Coulter on the Christian vs. the secular view of progress, drawing on the 8th day. [Read more…]
You know that old spiritual that asks, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?. . .when they nailed Him to the tree?. . .when they laid Him in the tomb?. . . .when God raised Him from the tomb?” Well, the answer to that question is YES.
According to the Bible, if you were baptized, you died with Him, you were buried with Him, and you rose from the dead with Him. [Read more…]
Easter by George Herbert
RISE heart ; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayst rise :
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just.
Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The crosse taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day. [Read more…]