Free from death

Daily Reading for April 5

I see flames of orange, yellow and red

shooting upwards to the sky, piercing the whole clouds.

I see the clouds themselves chasing the flames upwards,

and I feel the air itself reaching for the heavens.

Down below I see great, grey rocks beating against the earth,

as if they were pushing their way down to hell.

At your resurrection that which is light and good rises up with you,

and that which is heavy and evil is pushed downwards.

At your resurrection goodness breaks from evil,

life breaks free from death.

“Easter” by Adam of St. Victor, in The Liturgical Poetry of Adam of Saint Victor, translated by D. S. Wrangham (Kegan, Paul & Co., 1881). Quoted in 2000 Years of Prayer, compiled by Michael Counsell. Copyright © 1999. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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