July 12, 2020

Holy Saturday 2020: God has been found among the dying and the dead

We sit down with tears And call to you in your tomb Rest gently, gently rest! Rest, you exhausted limbs! Your grave and tombstone For our anguished conscience shall be A pillow that gives peace and comfort And the place where our souls find rest. With the greatest content there our eyes will close in […]

Good Friday 2020: “God lets himself be pushed out of the world on to the cross.”

Ah Golgotha, accursed Golgotha! The Lord of glory must shamefully perish here, The blessing and salvation of the world Is put on the cross as a curse. From the creator of the heaven and the earth The Earth and the air will be taken away The innocent must here die as guilty, That touches my […]

Maundy Thursday 2020: “Remembering” means present and active

Willingly I shall bring myself To accept the cross and cup, I drink as my Saviour did For his mouth, Which flows with milk and honey Has made the cause And bitter taste of suffering Become sweet through first drinking himself. English Translation by Francis Browne • • • The Passover Seder is ordained in […]

Wednesday in Holy Week 2020: “The crucifixion of Jesus was the most secular, irreligious happening ever to find its way into the arena of faith.”

O man, thy grievous sin bemoan, For which Christ left His Father’s throne, From highest heaven descending. Of Virgin pure and undefiled He here was born, our Saviour mild, For sin to make atonement. The dead He raised to life again. The sick He freed from grief and pain. Until the time appointed That He […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In her journey of grief, chronicled in the song set Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter found […]

My Pandemic Playlist

My Pandemic Playlist 12 songs for those maintaining social distance, and riding the roller coaster of inner responses that accompany life in the Covid-19 pandemic. A dose of reality, a pinch of despair, perhaps a smile, some perspective, hope, love, and faith mixed together and served to you today. • • • Wild World (Cat […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (3)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (3) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, Wilco’s Yankee Hotel […]