Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord

Your Easter Joy Saint Mark 16:1-8 Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Oh, how our hearts have longed to give voice to these sweet words of victory, and now that the penitential season of Lent is past and the third day has come, the day of our Lord’s resurrection, we can fill[…]

Good Friday

The Lamb Upon the Cross At three o’clock in the afternoon, there was bloody business afoot in Jerusalem, both at the altar of the temple on Mount Zion and at the altar of the cross on Mount Golgotha. Three o’clock. That’s when the temple priests slaughtered the lambs for the Passover. Thousands of them cut,[…]

Maundy Thursday

In the Blood of Christ Saint John 13:1-35 On the night in which He was betrayed, our dear Lord Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Altar. This is why Maundy Thursday traditionally focuses upon the Sacrament. How strange, therefore, that the Holy Gospel appointed for this evening, from the Gospel according to Saint John, says[…]

Palm Sunday

The Golden Gateway Saint Matthew 27:11-54 Did they remember what Jesus had said about going to Jerusalem? As they walked beside the donkey upon which their Master rode and listened to the Hosannas being sung and saw the palm branches being waved and the cloaks of the people being laid down on the road before[…]

Fifth Midweek Lenten Vespers

Lent By the Numbers: Six Hours with Jesus on the Cross Saint Mark 15: 22-39 The Jews at the time of our Lord Jesus had two ways of reckoning time. There was the way it was figured for religious purposes that had the day beginning in the evening, and then there was how the day[…]

Fifth Sunday in Lent – Judica

Judge Me, O God Saint John 8:42-59 Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve found it very helpful to look at the old Church names for the Sundays in Lent as a way of providing a focus and clearer understanding to our consideration of God’s Word that is placed before us. Last week it was[…]

Fourth Midweek Lenten Vespers

Lent By the Numbers: Five Wounds of Christ Saint John 19:16-18, 31-37 Last Wednesday, as we considered the Four Roman Soldiers who crucified our Lord Jesus, tonight’s number in our series, “Lent By the Numbers,” was pretty much covered. I mean, there’s really not a whole lot more you can say about the five wounds[…]

Third Midweek Lenten Vespers

Lent By the Numbers: Four Roman Soldiers Saint John 19:16b-25 In this next step in our Lent By the Numbers contemplation of our Lord’s Passion, we consider the scene on Mount Calvary when four Roman soldiers crucified our Lord Jesus there. We are not told directly by Saint John that there were four soldiers, but[…]

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Laetare

Rejoicing in Lent Saint John 6:1-15 Rejoice! Easter will soon be here! The Alleluias will once again ring forth. “Again I say, Rejoice!” The Holy Gospel for today tells us of the miracle our dear Saviour performed when He fed the five thousand with only five barley loaves and two fish. Now, when I sat[…]

Third Sunday in Lent – Oculi

Eyes on the Lord Saint Luke 11:14-28 The old Church name for today, the Third Sunday in Lent, is Oculi, from the Latin for “eyes,” specifically as in the eyes of faith that we have been given by God for seeing the things that are hidden from the world—the things of God that pertain to[…]