For why and for whom did you die
And would you do it, still?
To risk your blood for your message
Against man’s free will
Good Friday was not an exceptional day in history, rather it was unique and set the precedent for Christian persecution. Human nature can be unyielding and banal. There are millions across the world who risk their lives celebrating the Resurrection period, as church buildings and goers are targeted.
That blood stained cross remains the symbol for past and ongoing violence, for those who honour it.
You knew that nails which pierced you would pierce others
Bodies shredded by nail bombs, lives ebbing away
You saw blood soaked pews and wailing mothers
A precedent for pain on account of this day
Labore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Pakistan: Targeted attack during Easter celebrations, Pakistan, 2016 Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka: Targeted church attacks during Easter, 2019 Makassar, Indonesia: Church attack during run up to Good Friday, 2021
In memory of all those known and unknown, killed during Easter celebrations around the world.