Christ died. Every. single. year. I am struck by that. Christ, one of the Holy Trinity. died.
From the Lamentations (Matins of Great and Holy Saturday)
Let awe and wonder shake the heavens
and let the earth’s foundations quake
For He who dwells in the heavens is laid
within a dark and dismal tomb
And numbered among the dead…
Can you imagine this from the point of view of those long-dead? From the perspective of the demons?
The hymns we sang tonight talked about the chaos that likely ensued when Christ descended into hell and freed the captives. For like two seconds it looked like evil and death had triumphed, but then He-who-created-the-world showed up.
So for me, for those of us here on earth, Christ is dead and in the tomb. But there’s so much more going on.