“From His resurrection life reigned over mortals, and we have truly stripped off the old order by His death”

The resurrection of the Son is a new creation to the whole world,
and the world is new on account of it and hence it is beyond sufferings.
From His resurrection life reigned over mortals,
and we have truly stripped off the old order by His death.
The Mighty One rose up and He made us, those who were thrown down, rise up with Him.
He descended alone, but with many He ascended from the tomb.
The day before yesterday Scribes were mocking at Him, “Save Yourself,”
and today the watchers are kissing His tomb which He has left and gone out.
Yesterday the Dead One was lying concealed and silent in the habitation of Sheol
but today He is alive and gives life to the dead and raises all to life.
The day before yesterday, lance, gall and vinegar and crucifixion,
but today glory and clamour of the watchers with praise.
The day before yesterday the Only-Begotten placed His soul in the hands of His Father
but today He assumed it for He has authority as He commands all.
Yesterday He had mounted the wood of crucifixion,
but today there is strength, resurrection of the dead and power.
The day before yesterday Simon repeatedly renounced that he does not know Him
but today he runs to see His tomb because He was raised up.
The Friday of the sufferings prepared ambushes for the apostolic group;
but on Sunday, a new vision and cheerfulness.
Yesterday the King was held in sleep in Sheol,
but today He woke up and stood like a man who has shaken off his wine.
The other day there were sufferings and sorrow for the women disciples
but today exultation because they were seeing Him as the Gardener.
On the sorrowful Sabbath that Free-Born was among the dead,
but on Sunday He was escorted about by the companies of watchers.
Friday scattered the apostolic group in desolation,
but today has given joy to, and gathered together the company of the disciples.
Yesterday the apostles were lying in concealment,
but today they went out to see the resurrection with wonder.
The other day they had to flee, to be scattered, and to hide themselves,
but today to run, to be gathered together and to bring the tidings.

St Jacob of Sarug

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2 Responses to “From His resurrection life reigned over mortals, and we have truly stripped off the old order by His death”

  1. reubenhuffman says:

    Can someone identify who are the watchers referenced here? (Do you think St. Jacob is referring simply to human or to angelic/divine beings?)


    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Whenever I’m confronted with questions like this, I immediately go to the Marvel Universe Wiki. There we learn the following about the watchers:

      The Watchers are a vastly powerful, ancient extraterrestrial race who untold eons ago undertook the task of passively observing the phenomena of the universe. Their home-world is an unnamed world in an unknown solar system in a galaxy other than the Milky Way. This world is covered with lush vegetation and bears no signs of intelligence life or habitation. None of the Watchers live on their home-world anymore, having taken up permanent residence in other parts of the solar systems which they have elected to quietly observe. Only on rare occasions have the Watchers reconvened on their home-world. They use their advanced technology to construct temporary dwellings which they disassemble after use. It is unknown if the planet the Watchers called their home-world is truly their planet of origin. If true, the age of the race would be relatively young in cosmic terms, a fraction of the lifespan of a single solar system still in the main sequence of its existence. Since the Watchers are scattered across the universe, it is impossible to determine how many of them exist.

      Hmm, maybe St Jacob’s watchers are different beings than the watchers in the Marvel universe. I’ll have to investigate further. 🙂

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