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Holy Week 2010 Remainders

I’m hoping to get some Holy Week pictures of my own up some time, but in the mean time, I love this series of photos from the Boston Globe’s “The Big Picture” series, this one with images of Holy Week from around the world. We held a Good Friday Wake again this year; I may still [...]

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Miranda’s easy paper dove

For those who may be looking ahead, past Lent and Easter to Pentecost. Last year, each of my Sunday school classes made objects related to major symbols for the Holy Spirit – water, wind, fire, doves – and waved them energetically as I talked about each symbol in my sermon. We need to brainstorm a [...]

Epiphany Baptisms

The New York Times had an interesting article recently, describing the Russian Orthodox practice of “Epiphany Baptisms”, which apparently involves cutting a cross-shaped hole in the ice on a river or lake, and then taking a plunge in: “Monday was Russian Orthodox Epiphany, and roughly 30,000 Muscovites lined up to dunk themselves in icy rivers [...]

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What do the candles on the advent wreath symbolize?

More light! Adam at A Wee Blether reads a church bulletin and has a revelation: “As the darkness deepens and winter comes, each week we light one more candle to speak of our hope for the coming light. Much has been made of the symbolism of the Advent wreath, each candle given a particular meaning. [...]

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New Beginnings

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and marks the beginning of a new church year; as such, it seems a good time to reawaken this blog after a long season of change. Miranda finished her seminary degree and is now finished with school for the foreseeable future (hooray!), and was ordained to the Holy [...]

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Open Thread: Holy Week 2008 Highlights

Okay, now that we’ve had a few days to recover, but while memory is still somewhat fresh, how was Holy Week for you? What was great? What are you thinking about? Share in the comments!

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A Wake for Jesus

We had our wake on Friday (see earlier posts here and here for more background). It was attended by a small handful of folks, most of whom came later in the evening. We ended up hosting it in our living room once again, as the other available spaces seemed too big, and having it at [...]

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Christ is risen From the dead!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! Alleluia, Alleluia! Happy Easter to all! Regular posting will resume Sunday evening.

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Hungering for living bread

We went to a Maundy thursday dinner and liturgy at a church where M. did a field study, and where she still occasionally preaches and tells Godly Play stories. There was a simple dinner at six, and then the liturgy at seven, starting in the fellowship hall with readings followed by foot washing, and then [...]

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Maundy Thursday in 4th c. Jerusalem

Continuing with Egeria’s description of of Holy week in Jerusalem, c. 380.

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