He Is Risen!
April 5, 2015 § Leave a comment
“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”
The Troparion of Pascha, an Orthodox hymn chanted at Easter (“Pascha”)
“One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.”
John Donne, Holy Sonnet X, Death Be Not Proud
“But we pine. The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgement, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King
He is Risen Indeed!