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The Cross our Liberation

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Ancient Christian texts and traditions have much to tell us about the cross on this and any Good Friday. The cross is the medicine of the world, for instance: crux est mundi medicina. Moreover, crux probat omnia, according to Luther: the cross probes everything.

A beautiful Taizé chant reminds us also that the cross is our liberation, and so we sing = pray twice:

Per crucem et passionem tuam
Libera nos Domine, libera nos Domine, libera nos Domine, Domine.

Per crucem et passionem tuam
Libera nos Domine, libera nos Domine, libera nos Domine, Domine.

Per sanctam resurrectionem tuam
Libera nos Domine, libera nos Domine, libera nos Domine, Domine.

By your cross and passion, by your holy resurrection, liberate us, Lord.

The Significance of the Cross

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

One thing that the entire New Testament makes clear is that the cross is not only the source but also the shape of our Christian existence, our salvation. May those who preach tonight and tomorrow preach both sides of that coin, and maybe it will make this Holy Week’s activities a bit more faithful to the NT’s message.


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