Easter 2020

Painting by Oliver Ward, April 2020

An Easter Day prayer, written by the Revd Paul Nicolson (1933 -2020), who addresses Jesus as “Brother” because in Revd Paul’s own words: “Jesus is a brother to men, women and children, and to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, other faiths, and to many for whom any kind of faith is difficult”:

Jesus our Brother, lead us out of illusion, out of injustice, out of oppression, out of suffering, out of poverty, out of darkness into the light, the light of hope, of peace, of love, of understanding, into the wonder, into the mystery
Amen.

And here is yet another of the Webmaster’s favourite Victorian hymns,
this one by Revd Sabine Baring-Gould with a tune by Samuel Sebastian Wesley…

On the Resurrection morning soul and body meet again;
No more sorrow, no more weeping, no more pain!

Here awhile they must be parted, and the flesh its Sabbath keep,
Waiting in a holy stillness, wrapt in sleep.

For a while the tired body lies with feet toward the morn:
Till the last and brightest Easter day be born.

But the soul in contemplation utters earnest prayer and strong,
Bursting at the Resurrection into song.

Soul and body re-united thenceforth nothing shall divide,
Waking up in Christ’s own likeness satisfied.

Oh! the beauty, Oh! the gladness of that Resurrection day,
Which shall not through endless ages pass away.

On that happy Easter morning all the graves their dead restore;
Father, sister, child and mother meet once more.

To that brightest of all meetings bring us, JESUS CHRIST, at last;
By Thy Cross, through death and judgment, holding fast.

(requested for the Webmaster’s funeral!)