“Only the suffering of God can help.”
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
“The Pain of God”
From an illuminated text of The Hours of the Holy Ghost (France, 14th Century)
When God becomes man in Jesus of Nazareth, he not only enters into the finitude of man, but in his death on the cross also enters into the situation of man’s godforsakenness. In Jesus he does not die the natural death of a finite being, but the violent death of the criminal on the cross, the death of complete abandonment by God. The suffering in the passion of Jesus is abandonment, rejection by God, his Father. God does not become a religion, so that man participates in him by corresponding religious thoughts and feelings. God does not become a law, so that man participates in him through obedience to a law. God does not become an ideal, so that man achieves community with him through constant striving. He humbles himself and takes upon himself the eternal death of the godless and the godforsaken, so that all the godless and the godforsaken can experience communion with him.
Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God
Pange Lingua (Sing, My Tongue) Latin, 12th century, Attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas
(Translation in video description)
Lamentation, First Stasis (Eastern Orthodox) in English (lyrics in video description)
Behold the blessed Sabbath of the first creation.
And in that Sabbath recognize this Sabbath,
the day of rest which God has blessed for all other days.
For on this day the only begotten God
did verily rest from all his works,
granting his body a time of repose,
keeping Sabbath in the flesh by means of his death
because of the redemptive order of his death;
and since through the resurrection
he returned to what he was,
he let everything that with him lay in the dust
now rise with him
and the light of day for those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death.
~Gregory of Nyssa