Eternity hangs on it
there where our sin-debt is
paid in full, finished
we would be finished
yet out of love, He did it
what love is
the robe of righteousness is finished
take it, wear it
It is finished
Detail of a shirt made for me by a friend
The words “It is finished” are a translation of tetelestai – Greek for what a servant would say on returning to a master after completing a mission. It’s an accounting word, signifying a debt paid in full; it was stamped on receipts. The phrase indicates a final and complete sacrifice: Christ died as the Passover lambs were being slaughtered. And where were Passover lambs born? Bethlehem. The responsibility of those shepherds in the field abiding, keeping watch over their flocks by night…
The tritina form is comprised of ten lines with repeated ending words in this pattern:
1 2 3
4 thoughts on “Good Friday tritina: It is finished”
I love this Fran. It is the Goodnews, Good Friday, we are so blessed!
Thank you, Janet – Easter blessings to you!
Fran, I didn’t know this form. I’m going to play with it. Thank you. Happy Easter. He is risen. Is he risen? Risen, he is. Rejoice!
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Happy Easter, Joanne! Do look up other tritinas for better examples. I built this one on it/is/finished but usually the three words are concrete nouns or verbs – here’s the first tritina I wrote, in which the ending words of the tercets switch from noun to verb: https://litbitsandpieces.com/2021/06/11/indelible-a-tritina-poem/