Kenotic Crucifix

Behold your God, who has given himself for you. ‘Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving.’

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We have always needed to kill scapegoats and display them to create our own ‘order’ out of chaos. One of these we gibbeted upon a wooden cross. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. And then we heard it was God himself who had chosen to be this scapegoat, that we might cut him up and eat him.

‘Glory be to thee, O Lord, for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us with the bread of life, and last sanctified us with the offering of the body of Jesus, once for all. O heavenly Father, grant his blessed sacrament may preserve my soul and body to everlasting life. Amen.’ Proclaim in the rood, under which to take the Eucharist, that this self-giving humility is the form God takes. Be silent, O all flesh, before YHWH, for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. And rejoice.

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