August 21, 2018

Maundy Thursday 2017: Feeding on Death We Live

Maundy Thursday 2017 For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. • 1 Corinthians 5:7 • • • “To know Christ sacramentally only in terms of bread and wine is to know him only partially, in the dining room as host and guest. It is a valid enough knowledge, but its ultimate weakness when isolated […]

Holy Wednesday 2017: The Day Before

Holy Wednesday 2017 NOTE: On Wednesday of Holy Week, this classic Michael Spencer post from November, 2009 reminds us that tomorrow may find us taking a journey into the unknown. Tomorrow is Thursday, and we have plans for supper and a walk in the garden. • • • The news story is strange and tragic. Three college […]

Holy Tuesday 2017 – Looking for the End

Holy Tuesday 2017 These three days, which the Church calls Great and Holy have within the liturgical development of the Holy Week a very definite purpose. They place all its celebrations in the perspective of End ; they remind us of the eschatological meaning of Pascha. …“Now is the Judgment of this world” (John 12:31). […]

Holy Monday 2017: House Cleaning

Holy Monday 2017 During the first three days of Holy Week, Easter housecleaning takes place in many Catholic communities. This is more than just another secular custom. Its purpose is to prepare the house for the blessing by the priest on Holy Saturday, and is an outward sign of the inner newness of soul of […]

Pic & Cantata for Palm Sunday

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • We’re back to Bach! The Lenten season was a time when no cantatas were sung in worship in Lutheran churches, so today we return to Bach’s music on Palm Sunday. BWV 182, “King of Heaven, be Thou welcome,” is the only Bach Palm Sunday cantata we […]

A Prayer for Holy Saturday

A Prayer for Holy Saturday God of light and healing, we come seeking wholeness. Jesus, the Light of the World, rests in the tomb. We wait for the coming of the Rising Sun to show us the way. Hear our prayer for his coming! Indeed, saving God, all creation waits with groaning and longing for the salvation promised to […]

A Good Friday Prayer by Michael Spencer

Master, this day is our day to stand and look. To be amazed and disturbed. This is a day to put away glad songs, and to see the terrible cost of our salvation. This is also a day to believe and to know what is demanded in the Great Exchange at the heart of the […]

Another Look: Jeff Dunn – Circle or Cross?

Note from JD: This essay owes much to the thoughts of G. K. Chesterton from his classic work, Orthodoxy. ⎈ This is an interactive essay, one that requires your participation. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil or pen or crayon or some sort of marker, and a compass or something you can trace […]

Rob Grayson: The cross: religious self-projection or radical discontinuity?

The cross: religious self-projection or radical discontinuity? By Rob Grayson Most Christians agree that the central, defining feature of Christianity is the cross. I think it’s fair to say that no other religion has such a universally recognised identifying symbol. However, when it comes to what we understand the cross to mean, things get more complicated. And […]

Another Look: Evangelicals and Special Seasons

Note from CM: We’re giving Michael Spencer the week off. Instead, I will revive this post from my early days of writing for him. This was one of the first posts I did for Internet Monk, back in 2009. I wrote it in the early days of attending a Lutheran church, having left pastoral ministry in a non-denominational […]