August 30, 2015

Holy Week 2015: “Amazing grace, it reached as far as me” (Daniel Jepsen)

Note from Dan: The chorus after verse 4 is not original.  The poem can be sung to the tune of Londonderry Air. That tune has been used for a wide variety of songs, including Danny Boy, and the beautiful hymn, I Cannot Tell. • • • When time was young, and glory filled the garden, The […]

Holy Week 2015: Long Barren (Christina Rossetti)

Thou who didst hang upon a barren tree, My God, for me; Though I till now be barren, now at length, Lord, give me strength To bring forth fruit to Thee. Thou who didst bear for me the crown of thorn, Spitting and scorn; Though I till now have put forth thorns, yet now Strengthen […]

Holy Week 2015: A Call to Greater Remembrance (Mike Bell)

Over the past several years I have read through the Gospel of Mark many times as I have been working through editing Michael Spencer’s commentary.  (For those who have been eagerly awaiting this, I am afraid it has been slow going.)  One thing that strikes me as being of particular interest each time I read […]

Holy Week 2015: The Coup, the Queen, and the Resurrection (Damaris Zehner)

This is a good year:  Orthodox Pascha and Catholic Easter are on different days, so I can go to both liturgies.  My daughters and I, though not Orthodox, love the marathon of song, prayer, procession, and candlelight that begins on Holy Saturday and continues until the small hours on Sunday.  We also love the three-in-the-morning […]

Holy Week 2015: The Way of the Cross (Lisa Dye)

“The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross.” • Paragraph 2015, Catechism of the Catholic Church • • • Five years ago, Internet Monk offered a series during Holy Week on the Stations of the Cross as Michael Spencer was struggling through his last days here on earth. I was new to the […]

Holy Week 2015: Glorified (Rob Grayson)

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” • John 12:23 According to John’s gospel, Jesus utters these words shortly after entering Jerusalem at the beginning of this holiest and darkest of weeks. The atmosphere is heavy with speculation that Jesus could be the one to spearhead the revolution that will finally throw off […]

Holy Week 2015: The Yes or No (Michael Spencer)

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will […]

How Old Was Jesus When He Died – And Does It Matter?

Some matters are not straight forward as they might originally seem. For all we know about Jesus, there is a lot we do not know. The Bible, for example, tells a grand total of one story about his childhood. Jesus’ age at his death is not known with any great certainty, and there is much […]

Thomas Merton: Living in the Freedom of Easter

  These words from Trappist monk Thomas Merton about Easter could not have been said better by any Lutheran or Protestant. He reminds us that Easter is not just about Jesus rising from the dead, defeating death. It is about our death and resurrection as well. In particular, Merton has us meditate on Paul’s teaching […]

Why We Need Holy Saturday

Note: In honor of Holy Saturday, we will not have an edition of Saturday Ramblings today. We will have a “links” post early in the week to come. * * * For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance […]