“EASTER WINGS”: George Herbert on the Resurrection

Apr 13, 2020 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: On Easter morning, a grieving but credulous Mary Magdalene saw two Angels seated in the tomb, where the body of Jesus had lain (John 20:12). I conclude my meditations with George Herbert’s fine Easter poem: EASTER WINGS Lord, who created man in wealth and store,       Though foolishly he lost the same,             Decaying more and more                   Until he became                         Most poor.                         With thee                  ...

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‘I am the resurrection and the life’

Apr 12, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: No matter how many times this day comes and goes; no matter how many years of how many decades and centuries Easter Sunday passes with a myriad of sorrows or joys, there is only one thing to say, and only one thing worth saying: He is risen! Hallelujah! Nothing else is worth saying, because it just doesn’t compare to this wondrous message of salvation. Nothing else is worth writing, because it simply crowds the critical comprehension of these words. And nothing else is...

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The Queen’s Easter Message

Apr 12, 2020 by

From royal.uk: Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness.   Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of candles. They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all faiths, and of none. They are lit on birthday cakes and to mark family anniversaries, when we gather happily around a source of light. It unites us. As darkness falls on the Saturday before Easter Day, many Christians would normally light candles together. In church, one light...

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Easter and ecclesiology: Is church that doesn’t meet, still church service?

Apr 12, 2020 by

By Brian G. Chilton, Christian Post: […]  One of the greatest challenges that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a theological question that has been posed to the Church. The Church[1] has been unable to meet in person. However, due to the advances in technology, churches across the nation and the world have met virtually through online services and alternative styles, including drive-in services. The question has been asked, “Are these still church services?” An even bigger...

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Meditation for Easter Sunday – The Feast of the Resurrection

Apr 12, 2020 by

Date Psalm OT Epistle Gospel Apr 12 am: 148, 149,150 pm: 113, 114 Acts 10:34, 37-43 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 John 20:1-9   EASTER  SUNDAY – Feast of the Resurrection LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This is the Sunday of Sundays, the day of Resurrection of Christ, the center and foundation of our faith. As Saint Paul said, “If Christ be not risen, your faith is vain” [I Cor. 15:14, 17]. This first day of the week begins the Octave of Easter which are the days we keep celebrating so that we...

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Churches are closed but they can’t lock down our hope this Easter

Apr 11, 2020 by

by Bel Mooney, Mailonline: This is the strangest Easter of my adult life. Nothing is as it should be. Around the country, countless families like my own are sad because we are necessarily deprived of much that makes this time of year special — and (for a Christian) sacred. […]  It is so tempting to become angry in our confinement, to denounce Spring’s exuberance, to ask what’s the use? But let’s not give in to such feelings this Eastertide. That moon — sometimes called...

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