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Today's Scripture: Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise again.' Therefore order the sepulcher to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away, and tell the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last fraud will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can." So they went and made the sepulcher secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

From Gospel of Matthew, chapter 27,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the homiletical thought below. 

Today's diary - life in Northern Ireland

What a glorious day it was today in Belfast. This was taken around noon on the dock. The sculpture is a lifeboat, mounted vertically. Though the temperatures never got over 55°F, the sky stayed blue most of the day (it's not over, so it's not over until it's over, but...).

At 4:45 I'm joining Jack Lamb, Samuel Ashe, and other pilgrims on the annual Good Friday Cross Walk in Falls Road and Shankill Road (crossing the Catholic and Protestant enclaves, beginning at the Clonart Monastery and proceding across the walls, through the Shankill, and back to the monastery. Then at 5:30 the three of us will join Ethel White's group for her monthly dinner (moved up a week this time because she will be out of town next Friday), and then to our lamentations service at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church.

All this, and I've already done my shift at the Dock, so this one has to be a quick one. «

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Emile Zola (1840-1902) «

God requires not the doing of the commandments for their own sake, but the correction of the soul, for whose sake He established the commandments

— St. Isaac the Syrian «

— C.S. Lewis «

Homiletical thought: I find it curious that on Good Friday the Orthodox church does not set a narrative about the crucifixion in its readings. We do, however, have a lamentations service to grieve for the Savior's death, which is, so far as I know, unique and which I always find one of the most moving services in our Holy Week calendar. Though actually a Holy Saturday service, we always do it on the evening of Good Friday. «

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