Friday, 2 April 2010

Sabbatum Sanctus - Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of thy dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

[The stunning painting is The Entombment of Christ by Rogier Van Der Weyden (1450). Van Der Weyden's The Last Judgment has recently been cited by Peter Hitchens, Christopher Hitchens's brother, as setting his mind to re-consider Christianity.]

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