April 13, 2015
Via the Rev. James Gibson at Vicar’s Versicles last week, I discovered this lovely Easter anthem. Truly majestic, and a good way to remember the glorious truth of Christ’s resurrection on a Monday morning!
Richard Dirksen: Christ Our Passover
An anthem for Easter composed by Richard Dirksen (1921-2003), performed by the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls (dir. Michael McCarthy) and members of the Washington Symphonic Brass
April 13, 2015
Sun’s rising after Resurrection Sunday on a Monday world where everything’s changed…
Easter Monday faith believes that in impossible darks, impossible light sparks.
Easter Monday faith believes that the tomb places of our life, are but womb places for new life.
Easter Monday faith believes that Christ tenderly takes our doubts — and says touch my scars…
This faith believes in stones that roll, in grave clothes that fall, in an Easter people who sing hard hallelujahs … because we believe in resurrections always coming.
— Ann Voskamp, from her 2011 blog entry “What an Easter Faith Looks Like”
This challenges me.. Do I REALLY believe the resurrection brings impossible light into our dark world? Am I expecting Christ to change the reality of this world and make everything different, or do I somehow expect everything to continue as is, as if He has not been raised. Father grant me fresh eyes of faith to see Christ’s resurrection power at work in Your Church and Your people, to know that all of Your promises are Yes and Amen in Christ.
1Cor 15:20-22 (NIV) But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
2 Cor 1:20a (NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ…