Holy Saturday: the Harrowing of Hell

Apr 11, 2020 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: Each Easter, those charged with preaching sermons have the opportunity to refresh their understanding of the story. Being human, not all of us do so each and every year. Life, lethargy and limitations intervene, and sometimes inspiration may simply not arrive. But this year, I began to engage with the story from the point of view of ‘taking responsibility’, and it did not take me to where I expected. We can all begin by drawing on stories of responsibility...

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from St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney

Apr 10, 2020 by

A live performance of the greatest Good Friday Hymn; Isaac Watt’s beautiful ‘When I survey the wondrous Cross’. The day before churches were shut down in Sydney, we very quickly recorded, with a very reduced and socially-distanced St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir, several well-known hymns and psalms. We hope to share more shortly. We hope that you find them all useful in this difficult time when churches are unable to meet. Please feel free to share this or incorporate it in...

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Listen to the Good Friday and Easter story on the phone – a service for the elderly and blind

Apr 10, 2020 by

Please tell elderly relatives and other friends that they can listen to the original story of Good Friday through their phones! Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;  he lifts his voice, the earth melts. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  (from Psa. 46) Dial 01865-920415 (at normal local rates) at the following times to hear 2 instalments each time...

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The Week that Changed the World

Apr 9, 2020 by

The story of ‘holy week’ retold by Dr Peter Walker in 12 instalments: an ideal audio-companion for the first ‘underground’ Holy Week for over 1,650 years. Any questions or comments, contact us at info@walkwaybooks.com Watch here on Vimeo  

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Lenten Meditations: Tuesday in Holy Week

Apr 7, 2020 by

Tues Apr 7 am: 6, 12 pm: 94 Lam 1:17-22 2 Cor 1:8-22 Mark 11:27-33   HOLY TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK   LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:   In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Armenian Apostolic church and  Eastern Catholic Churches (that follow the Oriental or  Byzantine Rite), this day is referred to as Great and Holy Tuesday, or Great Tuesday. On this day the Church commemorates the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), which forms one of the themes of the first three days of Holy Week, with its...

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Lenten Meditations: Monday in Holy Week

Apr 6, 2020 by

Mon Apr 6 am: 51 pm: 69:1-23 Lam 1:1-12 2 Cor 1:1-7 Mark 11:12-25 HOLY MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: As early as the fourth century, St. John Chrysostom referred to Holy Week as The Great Week, “Not that it has more days in it than other weeks, or that its days are made up of more hours than other days; but we call it great, because of the great mysteries which are then celebrated” [Homily 30, on Genesis]. In other Christian cultures we find the week before...

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