Friday, April 06, 2007

her only-begotten Son

After Jesus died, two very well-placed followers, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, got permission to take Jesus' body away, and hurried to the execution site with the minimal requirements for burial.

the pieta, by John Carroll Collier.  The body of Jesus in the lap of His mother, with Joseph of Aramathea reminding her she has to let go, Sabbath is coming.

Sunset, and Sabbath, was approaching too quickly, so they hurriedly prepared the body and put it in a borrowed tomb (was it Joseph's own?) that happened to be nearby. The womenfolk resolved to return right after Sabbath to do a more complete and respectful anointing .....

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