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COLLECTOF THE DAY:  O God, creator of heaven and earth, grant that as the crucified body of Your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with Him the coming of the third day, and rise with Him to newness of life, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

READINGS: Daniel 6: 1-24  Psalm 16  1 Peter 4: 1-8 St. Matthew 27: 57-66

I was visiting a friend in Albuquerque, New Mexico and we went to the old town of the city.  We visited the historic church in the old town.  I was looking at sizable side altar, especially all the statuary above the Altar. Then I saw light below the Altar and I was shocked to see a life size, full color statue of Christ Jesus in the tomb, complete with casket silk, in the length of the Altar.  My friend had been a Dominican monk and I expressed my surprise and shock at this.  He responded that many poor people would have come to this church and here is Christ who is with them in death.  You can not get poorer than dead. Christ was dead, actually dead.  The author of life breathed His last upon the Cross.  

At the risk of sounding flippant, when Dorothy’s house fell on the wicked witch, the coroner comes with the death certificate and sings: “As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her/And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.”  Our Lord was most sincerely dead. He died physically and on the Cross sin, yours and mine was crucified and  there in the tomb He brought our sins and they were shown for what they are:  dead. This day is also called The Great Sabbath. The living death of sin was crucified and laid to rest in His tomb.  Maybe the crosses in a cemetery should be marked:  “Greed”, “Lust”, “Anger”, “Hatred”, “Envy” and the like.  He bore them all.  On the Third Day, at the rise of the sun, He left our sin there, as He did His grave clothes.

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