November 24, 2017

Archives for March 2013

Holy Week with Duccio: Appearance behind Locked Doors

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands for our offenses given; but now at God’s right hand he stands and brings us life from heaven. Therefore let us joyful be and sing to God right thankfully loud songs of hallelujah! Hallelujah!  So let us keep the festival to which the Lord invites us; Christ is […]

Holy Week with Duccio: Deposition

Faithful cross, true sign of triumph, be for all the noblest tree; none in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit your equal be; symbol of the world’s redemption, for your burden makes us free. – “Sing, my Tongue” Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (ca. 535-600) trans. by John Mason Neale

Footnotes on Holy Saturday

“It is rare to hear a sermon about Easter Saturday; for much of Christian history the day has found no place in liturgy and worship it could call its own within the triduum, or three-day festival spanning Good Friday and the Day of Resurrection…” – Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday Alan E. […]

Saturday Ramblings 3.30.13

It is Holy Saturday, iMonks. It’s a day for quiet meditation, silence, solitude. It’s the day before The Day. And without The Day, we are eternally lost. Yet as you prepare for the joy of tomorrow, don’t let’s rush past the despair of today. Now that I have effectively driven all happiness from your day, […]

Holy Week with Duccio: Crucifixion

I am one who has seen affliction    under the rod of God’s wrath; he has driven and brought me    into darkness without any light; against me alone he turns his hand,    again and again, all day long. He has made my flesh and my skin waste away,    and broken my bones; he has besieged and enveloped […]

Holy Week: Music of the Cross on Good Friday

I have the privilege of serving in a fine congregation in Indianapolis this spring as part of my ordination process. This church is filled with gifted musicians and the entire congregation has bought into the ethos of praising God through excellent music. For Good Friday, I will be joining the choir to sing “Die Sieben […]

Holy Week with Duccio: Washing the Disciples’ Feet

And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to […]

The Reconciliation Of The Cross

So let’s get this clear: it’s for My own sake that I save you. I am He who wipes the slate clean and erases your wrongdoing. I will not call to mind your sins anymore. (Isaiah 43:25, The Voice) Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day we remember the Passion of the Cross of Christ. We will remember it […]

Holy Week: Preaching as Good as It Gets

Nothing could have stopped this Pascal mystery of God and humanity. No amount of super-good discipleship or wisdom or hindsight would make a lick of difference to God’s determination to draw all people to God’s self through Jesus lifted high and on a cross. See, we are no different than the shouting crowds – those […]

Holy Week with Duccio: Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles

“While Jesus is giving the new commandment to the apostles (now eleven), Judas betrays him for thirty pieces of silver. In Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, his sideways position, shown up by the half-open door, is in contrast to the close-knit group of disciples. They are all turning the same way in thoughtful attitudes, the soft […]