The Taser's Edge


Alleluia!

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

(p. 222, 1979 Book of Common Prayer)



Bright Sadness

“A journey, a pilgrimage!  Yet, as we begin it, as we make the first step into the ‘bright sadness’ of Lent, we see–far, far away–the destination.  It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom.  And it is this vision, the foretaste of Easter, that makes Lent’s sadness bright and our lenten effort a ‘spiritual spring.’  The night may be dark and long, but all along the way a mysterious and radiant dawn seems to shine on the horizon.  ‘Do not deprive us of our expectation, O Lover of man!'”

-Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha, p. 15