image :: Soldiers Guarding Christ’s Tomb at the Resurrection (detail from the Isenheim Altarpiece), Matthias Grünewald (c.1516, German)
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”
Through the Cross the faithful receive strength from weakness, glory from dishonor, life from death. The power of His death once confronted our death. In the words of Hosea the prophet: “Death, I shall be your death; grave, I shall swallow you up.” By dying He submitted to the laws of the underworld; by rising again, He destroyed them. He did away with the everlasting character of death so as to make death a thing of time, not of eternity.
Leo the Great, 5th century
sound :: Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, Johann Sebastian Bach (1748)