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The Week Leading to Easter
3/25/2018 9:59:00 PM by: Susan Lyttek

This time of year, I really miss being part of a mainline church. I like the whole Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday sequence leading up to Easter. It makes me remember what Christ went through just a bit more intensely.

Therefore, I have tried over the years to re-create the liturgy through drama (too long to include in a blog) and poems.

HOLY WEEK

Can you feel the tremor in the land,

The bated excitement, the intake breath

That says something is about to happen?

Can you?

This moment sees the chain cutters of time

In the hands of God.

 

MARVEL OF MARVELS!

Years ago, many now,

In a faint glimmer of light

I saw you.

In hope, though frail, I sought you

Not knowing that it was you

That sought me.

And in that moment,

Believing in your sacrifice,

Knowing it redeemed me,

I, too, took my place upon the cross.

 

TWO EASTER COUPLETS

Consider mankind’s horrible loss

If Christ decided not to take the cross.

 

 

 

The happiest day in spring

Makes hearts and church bells ring.

 

POWERPLAY

Lord, I see the axe.

How do I move

To escape the blade?

How do I move

To a position of power,

From this incredible

Weakness?

I cannot roll over and play dead;

You would not,

You could not.

Just as you threw out the money changers

With the cross in sight.

 

THE LAST CUP

How bitter to be offered sour dregs!

You, who created the grape

And pressed the sweet new wine

That would warm men's souls.

(In moderation)

For this you died

To teach us moderation

Soul to soul.

On our own, we are the monkey

Who takes and takes,

Abusing ourselves in the name of Pleasure.

 

HOLY SATURDAY

It is Saturday.

Listen to the rocks scream.

The horror of this stillness

Rips the Sabbath’s curtain of peace.

In their homes today,

The bitter herbs gag the diners with their gall.

The Life of Lives lies embalmed.

Who can cry?  Who can rejoice?

All is lost.  Dead is dead.

~~~

Not quite.

Beneath the rock, a flower pushes

Toward its light.

Tomorrow, it may find sky

And bloom.

 

Day by day this week, think back on what Christ was going through on that day. It was not an easy week to live through and He knew the path ahead of Him. Only Jesus, only the man who was also God could have walked through those days still loving the people around Him. As much as I hate to admit it, I can easily hear myself calling “Hosanna” on Sunday and “Crucify Him” on Thursday. We humans are so fickle and so frail!

But the joy of Easter is that He loved us knowing what we were.

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