... in Christ's light

Published on 21 Apr 2019
Paschal candle at Easter

The Prayer of the Church is full of spiritual gems. Sometimes when you read scripture or the Church Fathers, the words will really strike you. On Holy Saturday, during the Office of Readings, I read this reading as part of the morning liturgy.

The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: 'My Lord be with you all.' And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.'

During Holy Week and Easter, it can be easy to feel close to God, close to the crucified Christ, close to the risen Christ. I carry the words of this reading through the year though, for those times which are spiritually dry, when I am feeling tired, when all seems grey, when things are difficult, just as I carry the light from the Paschal candle. 

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.