The seventh: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)
With my own, I give into your gracious hands
all believers' spirits. My death gives them life;
my body's burial lifts them to your bosom;
my descent to hell is their ascent to heaven.
As I commit my spirit to your hand,
I give them peace, for which I long have striven
in heart's pain and torment, bloodied on the cross,
till at last I reach my suffering's end.
My love does not desire suffering,
yet I will even die, so that mortality itself
becomes immortal. My death conquers death.
I bring resurrection with me into the earth.
Earth and Death, you think you've swallowed Life:
no! Even dying cannot extinguish Life.
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