The Day of Resurrection

Posted on April 6, 2012

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“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Lk 24:5-6).

no politics today.  We’ll have some topics to explore next week again, but I wanted to just simply take a moment and join you in reflecting on what the meaning of this Holiday holds for us who have faith in the birth, life, death, resurrection and the return of the King.

I don’t call it Easter, although I know that is a more convenient term in the secular world.   Easter, for what it’s worth, is the name, transliterated, of the Babylonian deity Ishtar, the Moon goddess of the Osiris mythology.  Without delving into that, I just prefer to think of the name of the day as ‘Resurrection Day’ and of this week as Holy Week.

Faith in Christ holds the promise of that sublime and consummate day when He comes to claim His own.   I like Matthew 24:31, in which the Lord tells us:

“And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

Happy Holy Week and Good Friday and Blessed Resurrection Day to all of you my friends.   Here is a hymn that I happened to find from the 19th Century based on a much older text:

 

The day of resurrection! 

1. The day of resurrection! 
 Earth, tell it out abroad; 
 the passover of gladness, 
 the passover of God. 
 From death to life eternal, 
 from earth unto the sky, 
 our Christ hath brought us over, 
 with hymns of victory. 

2. Our hearts be pure from evil, 
 that we may see aright 
 the Lord in rays eternal 
 of resurrection light; 
 and listening to his accents, 
 may hear, so calm and plain, 
 his own "All hail!" and, hearing, 
 may raise the victor strain. 

3. Now let the heavens be joyful! 
 Let earth the song begin! 
 Let the round world keep triumph, 
 and all that is therein! 
 Let all things seen and unseen 
 their notes in gladness blend, 
 for Christ the Lord hath risen, 
 our joy that hath no end. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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