These are the icons in which and around which we live as we celebrate the liturgy of the Three Days:
Maundy Thursday as we wash feet and remember the supper we return to again and again in Eucharist.
Then we are here at the Cross and Jesus Christ in the Grave:
Behold the life-giving Cross.
And then Jesus Christ in Hades/Sheol/Hell the land of the dead, the shades, bringing up Adam and Eve:
I have meant to write this icon for years. I never have. I think I shrink from its truth. If I were to paint I would need to fully enter into it and face it, in all its pain and all its glory. God entered the depths of our humanity and the world and pulled us up. This is too much.
And so I approach Silence: