Archive for the 'Sacred Time' Category

Chrysostom’s Easter Homily

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them [...]

Intermission

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

The priest who gave the homily at the Maundy Thursday service brought our attention to the provocative fact that the service will not have a closing benediction, as the service will not not end until Easter, three days later. Instead of receiving the closing benediction, we were dismissed for an intermission that lasted until the [...]

Gathered Into Glory

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” The above sobering words are central to the Lenten liturgy that I, and many other Christians throughout world, heard yesterday as we came forward, at our respective services, for the imposition of ashes, a rite where believers receive the mark of the Cross on [...]

The Life of the World to Come

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

In honor of Christmas (a season that according to the liturgical calendar of many western churches only began yesterday), I thought I would write this post to demonstrate how the last line of the Nicene Creed, which states, “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come”  explicates [...]

A Covenant & Christmas

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Since the first day of Christmas I have wanted to write a Christmas reflection, and here it is day four and nothing. I finally decided that my heart and mind are pulling in a different direction, and that I should write out of that which I am currently preoccupied. Fortunately, the pull of my heart [...]

Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

A few years ago I spent a semester reading the works of T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Frost. Of all that I enjoyed that semester, I was most deeply touched by Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday.” It must be that his neurosis and mine are very similar. What I particularly like about “Ash Wednesday” is Eliot’s [...]

Mary and the Scandal of God

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

An angel comes to Mary and announces that she is favored of God, because she has been chosen to bear the messiah, to be the medium through which the Son of God would become one of us. Mary deserves honor, but she won’t get it, at least not immediately, and not among her own, because [...]

Breaking the Bonds of Hell

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

EASTER SUNDAY  It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt [...]

Waiting

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

HOLY SATURDAY  O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns [...]

I Am Thirsty

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

GOOD FRIDAY  Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had [...]