Holy Week (Page 2)

Good Friday – The Cross Remains

Therefore… we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us… Hebrews 10:19-20 Today we take time to rest in silence and to meditate on our Lord who on this day was nailed to the Cross. Here, before the Cross, we know love, and are moved by what is beyond our understanding, it is more than we can comprehend [Aquinas] – so…

Palm Sunday – Mind Christ

“Let this mind be in you, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who…humbled himself; by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross.” Philippians 2:5f Yesterday I was given the gift of a flight over the Netherlands with Stephan Westerbeek van Eerten in a tiny plane, more like a kite – viewing the world and our church from the heavens above.  For a couple of hours we were lifted above our lives here…

Holy Saturday

It is very unusual these days in the Church to have a service on Holy Saturday, unless it is after sunset – when in many churches, including our own, the celebration of Easter begins (since in Jewish understanding, followed by Anglicans, the new day begins not at sunrise, but at sunset.)  But it is a good thing, I think, for us not to jump over or to forget that first Holy Saturday – and to…

Good Friday

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. A major portion of each of the four Gospels is taken up with a description of the passion and death of Jesus Christ.  And all of the teachings of the Gospels leads to this same place – Christ was born into this world that he might offer himself up on the Cross. The passion and death of Jesus is at…

Maundy Thursday – A new commandment

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end… He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it round his waist.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel…

Palm Sunday – Let this mind be in you

“Let this mind be in you, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who…humbled himself; by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross. “ The created world around us in this season of Lent is poised to explode in colour – on this wet Spring day the blossoms on trees are just beginning to open – there is the expectation of Easter joy and glory ready to burst forth after months…