Good Friday

Good Friday
by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss,

And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;

Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky.
A horror of great darkness at broad noon –
I, only I.

Yet give not o’er
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;

Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.


Christ of St. John of the Cross by Salvatore Dali, 1951
Who Overcame Evil by Good
by Mary Whitcomb Hess
after a homily by Saint Amphilochius in the 4th Century

They stretch Him
On a Cross to die —
Our Lord Who first
Stretched out the sky

Whose countenance
The cherubim
Dare not gaze on …
They spat on Him
And gave Him gall
To drink
Though He
Brings us wells
Of eternity.
He prays for them
“Father, forgive…”
For He was born

That all might live.

Round the sealed tomb
Of Him they’ve slain
They set a guard
In vain, in vain

Round Him
Creation can’t contain
Who dies for us
To rise again.


Have a blessed Good Friday, dear friends.

May I ask, “Is the Cross a Way of Life for You?

Joy and peace,
Virginia Knowles


About virginiaknowles

I am a mother and grandmother of a huge family, and I still home school my youngest daughter. I write to stay sane. My WordPress blog is a combination of my Blogspot blogs, and may not be continually updated.
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