EASTER OCTAVE, DAY EIGHT: The Half-Empty Tomb

Apr 20, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: I preached this sermon on Easter Wednesday 1990 at Trinity School for Ministry. I wonder how many of you have read Anne Tyler’s book, or seen the movie, titled The Accidental Tourist. The eccentric hero of the book, Macon Leary, writes guides for tourists whose concern is how to travel as if they had never left home: What hotels in Madrid boasted king-sized Beauty-rest mattresses? What restaurants in Tokyo offered Sweet’n-Low? Did Amsterdam have a...

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Holy Week Meditations: Saturday 20 April

Apr 20, 2019 by

Sat Apr 20  31:1-4, 15-16 Job 14:1-14 1 Pet 4:1-8 Matt 27:57-66 HOLY SATURDAY LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: There is no liturgy on Holy Saturday.  We spend the day reflecting upon the powerful reality of Jesus’ death. In addition to the Daily Reflection and the Preparing for the Easter Vigil Liturgy pages, we offer a page with each of the readings for the Easter Vigil and a page with each of the prayers that are said after each reading.  These pages are inter-linked, so that is it...

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‘If the Cross of Christ is anything to the mind, it is surely everything’

Apr 19, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: “If the Cross of Christ is anything to the mind, it is surely everything – the most profound reality and the sublimest mystery”, wrote John Stott in his book The Cross of Christ. “If the cross is not central to our religion, ours is not the religion of Jesus”, he added, mindful of our propensity to construct altars to all manner of theological trivia and worship peripheral dogma – anything to distract us from awfulness of the death of the Messiah and the profound...

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EASTER OCTAVE, DAY SIX (Good Friday): “Was Ever Grief Like Mine?”

Apr 19, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: Today’s meditation for Good Friday comes from three poems by the Anglican poet George Herbert (1593-1633): “The Agony,” “The Sacrifice,” and “Love.” These three themes sum up the words and work of our Lord on the Cross that first Good Friday. I became a Christian 53 years ago. Among those witnessed to me at that time was a college friend, Ken Hovey, who shared with me the love of the English poet George Herbert (1593-1633). Ken devised a dramatic reading...

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The Good Friday Hymn: O Sacred Head Sore Wounded

Apr 19, 2019 by

by Margaret Ashworth, The Conservative Woman: […]  And so, it seems, the story ends . . . The words of the Good Friday hymn O Sacred Head Sore Wounded originate in a long Latin poem believed to have been written by Arnulf of Leuven (c1200-1250), a Belgian abbot. Salve mundi salutare is a cycle of seven cantos each addressed to a part of Jesus’s crucified body. The last part, from which the hymn is taken, is addressed to Christ’s head, and begins ‘Salve caput cruentatum’ (‘Hail, bloodied...

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Holy Week Meditations: Good Friday

Apr 19, 2019 by

        am: 95, 22 pm: 40, 54 Gen 22:1-14 1 Pet 1:10-20 am: Jn 13:36-38 pm: Jn 19:38-42 Fri Apr  19 GOOD FRIDAY LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: On this day, we see the Son of God Himself, hanging on the cross on account of our sins. We are not only witnesses to the Holy Passion of our Good Savior, but we become participants in the story of our salvation. At this moment, by His death, the Lord has redeemed us from our sins. The Lord has also cast the final judgment over,...

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