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Holy Tuesday

March 26th, 2024 | 2 min read

By Jake Meador

We won't be publishing normal content this week as we mark the high point in the Christian year: Holy Week. We will, however, be sharing various things related to the week for the edification and encouragement of our readers. 

For Holy Tuesday, I wanted to commend to you this poem on Easter Even by Christina Rossetti:

There is nothing more that they can do
 For all their rage and boast;
Caiaphas with his blaspheming crew,
 Herod with his host,

Pontius Pilate in his Judgement-hall
 Judging their Judge and his,
Or he who led them all and passed them all,
 Arch-Judas with his kiss.

The sepulchre made sure with ponderous Stone,
 Seal that same stone, O Priest;
It may be thou shalt block the holy One
 From rising in the east:

Set a watch about the sepulchre
 To watch on pain of death;
They must hold fast the stone if One should stir
 And shake it from beneath.

God Almighty, He can break a seal
 And roll away a Stone,
Can grind the proud in dust who would not kneel,
 And crush the mighty one.


There is nothing more that they can do
 For all their passionate care,
Those who sit in dust, the blessed few,
 And weep and rend their hair:

Peter, Thomas, Mary Magdalene,
 The Virgin unreproved,
Joseph, with Nicodemus, foremost men,
 And John the Well-beloved,

Bring your finest linen and your spice,
 Swathe the sacred Dead,
Bind with careful hands and piteous eyes
 The napkin round His head;

Lay Him in the garden-rock to rest;
 Rest you the Sabbath length:
The Sun that went down crimson in the west
 Shall rise renewed in strength.

God Almighty shall give joy for pain,
 Shall comfort him who grieves:
Lo! He with joy shall doubtless come again,
 And with Him bring His sheaves.

Here is Justin's recap of Holy Tuesday.

Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).


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