Sunday, April 5, 2009

Holy Week

"The Resurrection of Christ"
Russian Orthodox artist Mikhail Nesterov, painted in the 1890's

Today, Palm Sunday, marks the start of Holy Week. I don't have time to write much of anything today, but I wanted to share with you a poem that I found in a book a few years ago. The resurrection painting and the poem below are part of the assignments that I have given my 7th-8th grade home school co-op English class this week. There are links to fine art, music and Scripture. You can find the rest of it at Easter assignments.

If you have a favorite quote, poem or link for Easter, please add it in the comments below. (If you are reading this by Facebook feed, go to I'll try to post other poems and artwork this week.

by Mary Whitcomb Hess after a homily by Saint Amphilochius in the 4th Century

They stretch Him
On a Cross to die ---
Our Lord Who first
Stretched out the sky

Whose countenance
The cherubim
Dare not gaze on …
They spat on Him

And gave Him gall
To drink
Though He
Brings us wells
Of eternity.

He prays for them
“Father, forgive…”
For He was born
That all might live.

Round the sealed tomb
Of Him they’ve slain
They set a guard
In vain, in vain

Round Him
Creation can’t contain
Who dies for us
To rise again.

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