Easter Sunday

By Ross Stewart | Dean of SBGE

Easter Greetings!  I am grateful to have Good Friday to reflect on the passion of our Lord and Savior.  Bernard of Clairvaux, a French abbot and founder of the Cistercian Order in the early twelfth century was reputed to have penned this poignant reflection that speaks to me of the power of Christ’s suffering and love:

O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners’ gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
look on me with Thy favor,
vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank Thee, dearest Friend,
for this, Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever!
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for Thee.

On Sunday we proclaim that “He is risen indeed!”  Let us affirm our calling as a school to bear witness to Christian hope, that Jesus our Lord is indeed active in the world.   Let us continue to offer an account of what it means to live well – a vision for human flourishing – amidst the suffering and discord of our world.

I am grateful for you all this Easter!  May the risen Lord empower us in his service!


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