It is before dawn on the first day of the week, still dark, and I am just prayed Morning Prayer here at Hawarden with a team from the Liturgical Institute as they lead Lauds for Easter Sunday Morning. You can find the audio at this link. The image is of Peter and John running to the tomb […]
This entire weekend from Thursday to Monday is known throughout the world as the Easter break, but we Christians mark these Triduum days at a deeper level, knowing them to be the journey of the ultimate and life-giving events of the life of Jesus. On each of these three days Jesus gives meaning to the lows and the […]
It is Holy Thursday morning. As I was at prayer this morning the sky became light and the sun rose above the horizon, a beautiful sunrise. Here was I contemplating entry to the Holy Week Triduum beginning with commemorating the Holy Thursday / Good Friday suffering and death of Jesus – and the sun rises. […]
One of our small Hurunui congregations at Amberley is especially enthusiastic and devout in their singing of the Mass every Sunday morning at 8am. Each Sunday of Lent following a time of silent prayer in thanksgiving after communion, we have sung the Gregorian chant Ave Verum. While many Catholics are familiar with the Angelus prayer, fewer know the […]
Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily: The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to […]
It is quite impossible to imagine the range of emotions that the disciples of Jesus moved through over the days of his final suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. Such heights and depths of emotional trauma and joy cannot be imagined. They must be experienced. And “experience” is the key to understanding the Holy Week – Easter […]
“This is the night that even now, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and joining them to his holy ones. This is the night, when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld. Our birth would have […]
He is risen indeed – Alleluia. An opportunity to reflect on the significance of Easter; not simply an historical event, not a mere resuscitation of a body, but an earth-shattering event which transforms suffering into a hope-filled journey, destroys death, and makes true life, a reality.