This evening I plan to be at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament choir and orchestra performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion. Details below. But before then, at 3.00pm in Hawarden, I will unite with Christians around the world for the solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion.
This liturgy seems to focus on death, a liturgy in three parts with Liturgy of the Word including the reading of the Passion of John, the unveiling and veneration of the Cross, and the reception of communion.
Every year, without a doubt, the most significant moment for me at this liturgy is watching people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to solemnly venerate the cross…
Today’s palm branch procession, and reading of the passion of Jesus signals our move into Holy Week. It is helpful to see these days before Easter as a week of retreat. While we continue our family and work routines, our focus is guided beyond. In these days let us look together to Jesus.
I’ve been moving about a bit in recent weeks, across the country and further afield. I don’t enjoy the travel since planes are not designed for people of my height. But I love being with the people I end up with after a journey of any length.
Don’t get down when you hear today’s first reading. Jeremiah is having a bad day. He’s a bit overwhelmed with the negative response he is getting when he passes God’s message to the people. In short, Jeremiah is having a Jeremiad.
I try not to repeat these daily Lenten posts year to year but there are times when the same scriptures pop up annually and I realise that I can’t write it better than I did last year. Today is one such day, not only because of the thought I share but even more in the comments that are added by FFF readers. Today I have left some of last year’s comments helping us to appreciate the power of today’s readings.
The heart of the home in years past was the hearth. It was at the hearth that the family gathered for the warmth and light of the flame and the food that was prepared there. The fire was treated with respect since the same flame which provided energy for the home could just as easily destroy it.