Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Resurrection


The Resurrection by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

And while this Jesus, this Man-God, thus breaks the scepter of death, the stillness of the night is undisturbed. His and our victory has cost him no effort. O death! where is now thy kingdom? Sin had made us thy slaves; thy victory was complete; and now, lo! thou thyself art defeated! Jesus, whom thou didst exultingly hold under thy law, has set himself free; and we, after thou hast domineered over us for a time, we too shall be free from thy grasp. 

Thy defeat dates from this moment of Jesus' Resurrection, and with the great Apostle we say to thee: "O death! where is thy victory? O death! where is thy sting?

The Liturgical Year
Dom Guéranger, 19th century

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