Trafalgar Square Passion of Jesus to be performed in towns and cities across UK

Apr 18, 2019 by

from ICN: For the past nine years, the Wintershall Cast have performed The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. The story commemorating the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified by the Romans, two days before miraculously rising from the dead on Easter Sunday, is brought to life in the open air and has become a much-anticipated Easter fixture. This year’s The Passion of Jesus will be performed this Good Friday 19 April in Trafalgar Square at...

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EASTER OCTAVE, DAY FIVE (Maundy Thursday): “Father, Forgive Them”

Apr 18, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: “Father, forgive them, for they know now what they do.” The Apostles’ Creed concludes with a brief catalogue of the doctrines of the faith: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Coming as it does after the Holy Spirit, the Church and the Communion of Saints, it seems likely that the “forgiveness of sins” is related to the sacraments...

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Holy Week Meditations: Thursday 18 April

Apr 18, 2019 by

Thur April 18 am: 102 pm: 142, 143 Ex 12:1-8,11-14 1 Cor 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 MAUNDY THURSDAY LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  On Holy Thursday, we reenact the Lord’s Last Supper. This is one of the most beautiful liturgies of the entire liturgical year. At the Mass, the priest will wash the feet of twelve men, just as Jesus did. The word maundy comes from the Latin   mandatum (commandment) which is the first word of the Gospel acclamation “I give you a new commandment: Love one another...

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EASTER OCTAVE, DAY FOUR: “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

Apr 17, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: “My God, My God, Why Have Your Forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34 I preached this meditation on Good Friday 2018 at my parish church in Pennsylvania. It is reported in two Gospels – Mark and Luke – that Jesus cried out in a loud voice at the end of his life. According to Mark, And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) And in Luke it reads: Then Jesus,...

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Holy Week Meditations: Wednesday 17 April

Apr 17, 2019 by

Wed April 17 am: 55 pm: 74 Jer 17:5-10,14-17 Phil 4:1-13 John 12:27-36 WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK – SPY WEDNESDAY  LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This day in Holy Week recalls the agreement that Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, made with the Jewish leaders who were members of the ruling order called the Sanhedrin. He promised to identify Jesus so that he could be arrested in return for 30 pieces of silver. The sign would be a kiss. This is recorded in Luke 22:1-6. When Jesus...

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EASTER OCTAVE, DAY THREE: “Woman, Behold Your Son!”

Apr 16, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: “Woman, behold, your son!” … “Behold, your mother!” John 19:25-27 I preached this meditation on Good Friday 1999 in my parish church in Sewickley, PA, shortly before my wife and I made a momentous trip to Africa. For a more recent meditation on this word, see my post “I’m Trading My Shame.” “Woman, behold, your son!” … “Behold, your mother!” The third word from the Cross is surely the most mundane of the seven. Jesus cried out to his Father; Jesus spoke...

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