|Descent into Hell, Duccio, 1308|
Below is an excerpt from an ancient sermon, where Christ is explaining his presence to Abraham about his purpose in "hell." I find it quite beautiful and while it should have been posted on Saturday....I thought it a descent Easter Monday thought.
"Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated."
To this I can only say: Amen!