May 23, 2017

Easter IV: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • The Gospel for this Sunday in Bach’s day was John 16:16-23, a text in which Jesus warns his disciples, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.” […]

Poetry Week: Morning Two – Christina Rossetti

Note from CM: We feature two Easter poems today. The first is by one of my favorite devotional poets, Christina Rossetti. We featured her during Advent in 2014, and today we offer one of her delightful Easter carols. As in her Advent poems, which mirrored the “bleak midwinter” climate in which she lived, so too her Easter poetry […]

Easter II: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) ❀ One of two cantatas for the second Sunday in Easter is “Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ” — “Keep in mind Jesus Christ.” It is the earliest of two that Bach wrote for this Sunday, both of which have been described as “masterpieces.” As for its content, Craig Smith […]

A Scientist Talks about Human Destiny Beyond Death

A Scientist Talks about Human Destiny Beyond Death John Polkinghorne, respected scientist and ordained Anglican priest, is a man, his bio says, “who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about God’s action in His creation. How can God act in a world governed by scientific law?” In this brief interview, appropriate for Eastertide, Polkinghorne […]

Resurrection Sunday 2017

Resurrection Sunday 2017 This holy and blessed day is the first day of the week, the king and master of all days, the feast of feasts and the season of seasons. On this day we bless Christ forever and ever. O faithful, come on this day of the glorious resurrection; let us drink the wine […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 8, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is the final Sunday in Eastertide and next Sunday we mark Pentecost. During this season we are contemplating words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source is his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, we consider two […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 1, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, Nouwen focuses his attention on the part of the Emmaus […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 24, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • As we watch the disciples walking to Emmaus, their shoulders slumped, […]

Easter II: Lee Camp on “The Politics of Easter”

I saw this referenced and quoted over at Jesus Creed, and it is too good to not repeat. The following is from an article at the Huffington Post called, “The Politics of Easter,” by Lee C. Camp, professor of theology at Lipscomb University. Christianity is often misunderstood, and often misunderstood by the “believers.” Easter is a […]

Another look: Easter is a season, not a day

Many of us in our Christian traditions learned to celebrate Christ’s resurrection on a single day — Easter Sunday. Easter is the great Lord’s Day, the climax of Holy Week, the high point of the Christian Year, marked by an explosion of color, wafting fragrance of lilies, majestic sounds of organ and baroque trumpets, bright new […]