Saturday, April 07, 2007

Sábado Santo

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


I grew up on Okinawa. People bury their loved ones in family tombs, and these tombs cover the hillsides of the island. When we first returned to the U.S., we were confused as the hills around San José, California, had no tombs at all. This style tomb is called Kamedo-baka, or Turtle-back tomb. When I think of Jesus' body in the tomb for three days, I can't help but imagine it was a tomb like this.

2 comments:

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Today I visited a old friend. She has been dead for a year and a few days. I was with her when she died in her hospital bed and it was a very painful death as she kept saying "Lord have mercy"... after a few hours The Lord *did* have mercy and took her away...she was/is a Charismatic Catholic...today I stopped at the San Lazaro Cemetery to pay my Semana Santa inspired respects to her (her memorial mass was last week)...she is occupying a "nicho" on the fourth floor of a wall in the "public section"...Padre Mickey, when I saw your picture of the Kamedo-baka it reminded me of Ruths resting place as the look/feeling is similar...my 31 year old friend Juan Carlos found a ladder so he could adorn her nameplate with the purple flowers I brought to her...all is well at the tomb of Ruth Mary Norton, self-proclaimed child of God

Caminante said...

Thank you for that image. It is very powerful and apt.

A blessed Easter!!! ¡Aleluya! Cristo ha resucitado.

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