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The Risen Christ
“The valley is dark...
you walk through the shadows
uncertain and surely hurting ...
and though you trust the light
towards which you wend your way
sometimes it feels all that you wanted
has been taken away...
You will walk
You will walk
You will walk in good company.
I love the best in you
you love the best in me
though it’s not always easy
We will walk
We will walk
We will walk in good company,
The shepherd upright and flowing,
“The Valley” by Jane Siberry sung by kd lang on “Hymns of the 49th Parallel”
“This is the Risen Lord, standing as Lord for all time, in all places. He stands bearing the wounds of his passion and death, his devotion and obedience and love. And he stands greeting us with open arms amid the blue mandala of eternity. This is the One that the just man Job cried out to in belief: ‘For I know that my Redeemer lives and that he, at the last, will take his stand on earth.’(Job 19:25)... This is the cornerstone and heart of our religion and faith...St Antony of Egypt tried to say it this way: ‘By the word of His power He gathered us out of all lands, from one end of the earth to the other end of the world, and made resurrection of our minds, and remission of our sins, and taught us that we are members one of another.’ This mystery of the Word rising in our hearts will one day raise our bodies to glory. We stand, we kneel, we sit at the table of the Risen Lord, and our minds are opened to the Scriptures and our heats are stirred to fire and hope again, always. Amen “
From “Christ All Merciful: Icons by William Hart McNichols” by Megan McKenna
Orbis Press 2002
“...God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more; mourning, and crying and pain will be no more...See I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:3-5)
Fr Bill McNichols - Easter 2020
💢Holy Week Meditation💢
“We will not find Christ in our Churches this year because He is out in the streets.
Christ rushes to our side with the first responders.
He is with the medical workers risking their own lives to save others.
He shares the fear and loneliness of the hospital patients fighting for their lives.
He feels the hunger and anxiety of the poor.
He is in all those who leave their families at risk in order to protect our fellow citizens and loved ones.
He is with the pastors who pray humbly with their flocks via social media.
He labors with the truck drivers bringing food to our tables and the pharmacists and shop keepers providing for our needs.
He trembles with those who have seen more suffering than they can bear and mourns with those who lost dear loved ones.”