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A Meditation for Holy Saturday

Here’s the opening chorus from N.T. Wright’s Easter Oratorio, a meditation of hope for this Holy Saturday.

On the seventh day God rested

in the darkness of the tomb;

Having finished on the sixth day

all his work of joy and doom.

Now the word had fallen silent,

and the water had run dry,

The bread had all been scattered,

and the light had left the sky.

The flock had lost its shepherd,

and the seed was sadly sown,

The courtiers had betrayed their king,

and nailed him to his throne.

O Sabbath rest by Calvary,

O calm of tomb below,

Where the grave-clothes and the spices

cradle him we did not know!

Rest you well, beloved Jesus,

Caesar’s Lord and Israel’s King,

In the brooding of the Spirit,

in the darkness of the spring.

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