“He isn’t right here, for He has risen, simply as He stated.”


“The Resurrection,” El Greco

He isn’t right here, for He’s risen, as He stated. Come, see where the place the Lord lay.
–Matthew 28:6

From the Nationwide Catholic Sign in this week at the persecution and martyrdom of Christians:

The strange 2010 movie Of Gods and Males, via the French director Xavier Beauvois, depicts the abduction and homicide of 9 Trappist priests in Algeria through Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. In one in every of its so much memorable moments, an antique tape system performs Tchaikovsky’s Grand Topic from Swan Lake at the same time as the digital camera makes a speciality of the priests consuming pink wine as they ponder their drawing close martyrdom.
The ambience of dread in that second is matched through the abiding serenity of the Trappists, made all of the extra tough through the truth that the occasions of the movie if truth be told came about.

8 years on from the discharge of the movie, there’s now the introduced poignancy that the actual-lifestyles priests depicted within the film are quickly to be beatified via the Church as martyrs and position fashions. This is a message of wish within the Resurrection for this Easter season and all the time.

Martyrdom, persecution and struggling stay part of day by day lifestyles for tens of tens of millions of the arena’s Christians, so much so in North Africa and around the Center East and the Holy Land. The loved Martyrs of Algeria don’t seem to be on my own, because the ranks of Christian martyrs were expanding on a daily basis, at the same time as struggling Christian groups show fortitude and accept as true with within the Risen Lord within the face of hatred and violence.

In 2014, the evil plague of the Islamic State (ISIS) introduced dying, persecution and displacement to many of the Christians of Iraq, particularly the ones within the northern town of Mosul and the Nineveh Undeniable. In North Africa, there used to be the tough non secular legacy of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded on a seashore in Libya through ISIS in February 2015. They died with the identify of Jesus upon their lips and at the moment are venerated as martyred saints of the Coptic Church of Egypt.

“Christ the Lord is Risen nowadays” on pipe organ:

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