Holy Saturday

They took the body down from the cross and one of the few rich men among the first Christians obtained permission to bury it in a rock tomb in his garden; the Romans setting a military guard lest there should be some riot and attempt to recover the body. There was once more a natural symbolism in these natural proceedings; it was well that the tomb should be sealed with all the secrecy of ancient eastern sepulchre and guarded by the authority of the Caesars. For in that second cavern the whole of that great and glorious humanity which we call antiquity was gathered up and covered over; and in that place it was buried. It was the end of a very great thing called human history; the history that was merely human. The mythologies and the philosophies were buried there, the gods and the heroes and the sages. In the great Roman phrase, they had lived. But as they could only live, so they could only die; and they were dead. – G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

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  • http://www.thelostcoin.org Marc

    Hello Mark, what is this icon/painting? I mean, the author or the name, so I can get it somewhere.

    • disqus_HXPuP9E9zS

      Surely you know that Mark, besides writing so well, is a great painter.

    • Michael in ArchDen

      When I went to save the picture (to do some searching) it came up as “350px-Giotto_-_Scrovegni_-_-36-_-_Lamentation_(The_Mourning_of_Christ)” That ought to give you enough information to google it.

      FYI, you can also save a picture anywhere and drag it into a google search bar, and it will use the image to do searches…

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Thanks for these quotes these past few days. They’ve been very uplifting and grounding at the same time, if that makes any sense.

  • disqus_HXPuP9E9zS

    Chesterton is phat.

    • PalaceGuard

      Lorem Ipsum.