April 1, 2006

When Katie Sherrod started to write her Women of the Passion narratives a few years ago, she thought she was preparing a simple Lenten retreat for local parish women. The result is something far more profound … and a great idea now available to any parish.

Writing in the first person,...

March 31, 2006

“Let him Easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us…”

These words from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins make a profound connection between Christ’s resurrection and our own. As we read the Gospels, we can see that the events in our Lord’s life that we call to mind in Holy Week and...

March 31, 2005

For me, over these years as a priest and now a bishop, the Great Vigil of Easter has been the most powerful and engaging event of the liturgical year. The dramatic interplay of darkness and light – the darkened church, the new fire, the lighting of the paschal candle, have provided a visual and...

February 28, 2005

All growth that is not toward God is growing to decay, declared George MacDonald, a Scottish minister, novelist and poet. An excellent time to accelerate spiritual growth is Easter and the 40 days that precede it. Here are 15 suggestions for making the most of Easter.

1. Begin by...

April 1, 2004

Spanish version is available here

There is no evil that humankind can commit that Jesus has not taken upon himself and carried freely to the Cross. Through the Cross, evil has been defeated, and life in all its unimagined fullness--animated by God’s mercy and truth, God’s justness and...

April 1, 2004

No existe ninguna clase de perversidad que la humanidad pudiera ser capaz de cometer que no haya sido voluntariamente cargada por Cristo en la cruz. Allí fue derrotado el mal. Y la vida, en toda su espléndida plenitud, animada por la misericordia y la verdad divina, y por la paz y justicia que...

April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb.

This Easter anthem, drawn from the liturgy of the Eastern Church, appears in our Prayer Book at the conclusion of the Burial of the Dead. It is to be sung as the...

March 31, 2002

A prayer at Eastertide

Risen Christ,

in the midst of grief and despair,

at the very point when all seemed lost

you stood in the midst of your friends in the fullness of your resurrection reality

and proclaimed your peace:

a peace that reorders and renews...

May 31, 2001

June 1st, 2001

Pentecost, which we have managed to domesticate liturgically, is a dangerous feast for us, just as it was for the disciples. They were hardly ready for Pentecost, even though they had been told to wait in the city for power from on high. They had gathered innocently in the...

April 15, 2001

April 15th, 2001

Alleluia. Christ is Risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. As we acclaim with joy the resurrection of Jesus, let us give thanks as well that we too have been raised with Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is our own resurrection: our being set free from imprisoning...