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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 07:00

Wednesday of Holy Week - Anastasis

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During Holy Week, each day our blog will invite you pray with a song as a way of entering into the mystery of what we are celebrating. Before you have a read of the blog, listen to the song and ask Jesus to speak to you through the power of the words.

O Praise The Name (Anástasis) Lyric Video - Hillsong Worship - YouTube

 ‘O’ Praise the Name” by Hillsong Worship, is one of my favourite songs. It speaks about some aspects of the profound mystery of the crucifixion of Christ. There is a recognition of Christ as my personal savior and that he bled for me and died for me. As I cast my mind to the cross, I see his wounds and his nailed hands and feet that continue to bring me healing and redemption.

The second verse tells us that his body was “bound and drenched in tears.”  I saw that he was bound so that I could be free, and he was drenched in tears so that I could be comforted. He was alone inside a tomb so that he could descend into the depth of loneliness in me and the rest of humanity.

The third verse speaks about Christ’s triumphant victory over death- not just death in a physical sense but also what is dead inside of my life, in the lives of my loved ones and those who surround me. There is hope that we will have new life because of the death of Christ. It becomes an encouragement for us to die to ourselves so that we could bring life to others.

The final verse gives me immense hope as Jesus has risen. We refer to him as “the rising sun” and that he can pierce our night that seems impenetrable at times. It also points to the eternal hope that we live with- that we will one day praise him with his saints and that we will gaze at his face forever- which we all consider as the eternal bliss.

As you continue to enter into the mystery of Holy Week, I hope that this song will help you a identify a dimension that you have not seen before about the immensity of the Cross.

Have a blessed Holy Week!

Ayanthi Perera