Question of the Day for Tuesday, July 23, 2013
He Rose “Again”?
Q. I want to understand the line in the Creed, “and he rose again from the dead.” Why is it framed as “again”? He rose only once. Or does the phrase reflect the fact that we celebrate His victory over death every year at Easter?
Bill, via email
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:
That adverb “again” does sometimes puzzle people, since, as you say, Our Lord rose from the dead only once. Start with the fact that in the Latin form of the Confiteor, the word for “again” (iterum) does not occur. In Latin the Creed simply states, “he rose on the third day.” The word “again” has been added by translators.
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