Speak Lord: Even today, speak of the glory of the Resurrection.

Harrowing of Hell

It may feel strange to read a blog on this day of all days that is not dwelling on the mystery of Good Friday, and is have us look forward to Easter Sunday already.

Yet, our every day is the day the Lord has made, and a day for us to meet and better know the risen Lord, even the day kept specifically in memory of the Lord’s Passion and Death.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.
or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
‘His love has no end.’

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.
or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.
or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.
or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Psalm 117:1-2,16-17,22-23

Again to Western Christians the appearance of the ‘A’ word at this time of year, and especially on Good Friday might jar. But the Orthodox do not fast from the word or the joy that it evokes (though there is an appropriate sobriety to even Orthodox joy during Lent!)

As we keep Good Friday the Easter psalm takes on a particular poignancy. The Lord will die, in his humanity, but will be raised and live: the testimony of Jesus to the goodness of the Father may seem to pause for until the third day but silently, hidden from us, in Hell, Jesus continues the liberation of humankind that is the Father’s eternal will.

  • From what ‘death’ do you long for the Lord to set you free?

Image of the harrowing of hell from the Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), Istanbul. (c) 2002, Allen Morris.

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