Lord, you lay in a dark tomb.
There is something about the dark
that conveys either fear or peace.
Visitors to Luray Caverns can experience
total darkness when the lights
are turned off for a few moments.
One time I was in the lower level
of the Washington National Cathedral
when they turned out the lights.
I had to grope my way up
following the sound of the organ
which someone was practicing.
It was not frightening because
it was your house. It’s darkness of the soul
that’s frightening. You, Lord, are with me,
so I am not afraid.
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.
Hymn: Up from the Grave He Arose