Category Archives: Easter

Two Views?

It’s not an Emmaus year, at least not on Sundays. A social media friend cited Dale Ahlquist’s piece on Catholic-Protestant views on the story of Luke 24:13-35. I’d like to think I have a non-trivial background in Christian art and … Continue reading

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The Barque of John 21

The Roman Lectionary offers a most intriguing reading today. The twenty-first chapter of the fourth Gospel finds a frustrated Peter at the end of a fruitless effort. Jesus offers effective guidance: “Cast the net over the right side of the … Continue reading

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A Time To Die, A Time To Be Reborn, The Same Time

From The Jerusalem Catecheses, in the Office of Readings for the Easter Octave: [Solomon] spoke of a time to give birth, and a time to die. For you, however, it was the reverse: a time to die, and a time to … Continue reading

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Easter Sequence Rerun

Richard Clark discusses the possibilities here. We’ve discussed it on this site a few times through the years. I was sorry the idea never came up in my last parish. Liturgical ideas like extending the celebration of Easter Sunday to … Continue reading

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Truly Christ is risen. image: the American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1910, The Three Marys

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Two Were Bound For Emmaus

I’ve been an admirer of Bob Hurd for almost forty years. I’d like to meet the guy someday and talk theological shop. I had a dream two mornings ago that I was playing “Two Were Bound For Emmaus.” I was … Continue reading

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Zephaniah 3: A Just Remnant

The final oracle of the prophet Zephaniah is offered for an Easter Vigil reading in the Book of Common Prayer and for Byzantine Christians. The verses selected vary, with some overlap. The Orthodox use 8 through 15, the Anglicans 12 … Continue reading

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Isaiah 4: The Beautiful Branch

Last night, my boss and I were discussing this year’s Vigil in our time of concern. Rather than minimize readings, she talked our reluctant clergy into our “newest” normal, seven total. With people staying at home and no initiation sacraments, … Continue reading

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Easter: We Forgive Everything

From the Easter liturgy of the Orthodox Christians: Behold, today is the day of the resurrection: let us glory in the feast, let us embrace one another in joy and say: “O friends and enemies too: we forgive everything on … Continue reading

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Ascension, Still?

I was a bit surprised that my boss mentioned some continuing confusion on the day of Ascension.  Hence, a post-Communion announcement this past weekend that we would be celebrating the feast this coming weekend, not Thursday. This, from one of … Continue reading

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Blessed Feast of Easter

O splendor of the Father’s light that makes our daylight lucid, bright; O Light of light and sun of day, now shine on us your brightest ray. (St Ambrose, Gracia Grindal, trans., from the LBW, 1978)

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From the collection Hearts on Fire, this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin for the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises: “Glorious Christ, you whose divine influence is active at the very heart of matter, and at the dazzling center … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy Sunday: Development or Distraction?

A facebook friend posted on this coming Sunday: … sometimes I feel liturgically bitter that Divine Mercy Sunday has kind of overrun the Second Sunday of Easter. I understand that the Gospel is about mercy, but the focus on Divine … Continue reading

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Saint Paul on Easter

The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since … Continue reading

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Later on Easter Sunday

I’m not just discussing the Gospel reading (Luke 24:13-35) in Lectionary #42 “(a)t an afternoon or evening Mass.” More and more, though, we are seeing evening Masses on regular Sundays. Especially where clergy are available to serve. How does an Easter … Continue reading

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