Category: Easter/Lent

Good Friday: Crown of Thorns

Jesus with a crown of thorns, photo by PH Morton

Good Friday: Crown of Thorns

According to Gospels, a woven crown of thorns was forcibly placed on Jesus head prior to his crucifixion.  The crown was a weapon to torture Jesus as well as to mock him.

The above wooden sculpture was a display at the Victoria and Albert museum.  It is carved from oak, made around ca. 1500-1520 by an unknown artist.  This wooden sculpture is big so it is probably a standalone rather than an alter-piece.

Holy Week: Good Friday

Holy Week, photo by PH Morton

Holy Week: Good Friday

God is a pure no-thing

God is a pure no-thing

concealed in now and here:

the less you reach for him,

the more he will appear

~ Angelus Silesius

God is always been with us.  We do not have to look for Him. He is infinity and beyond!

 

Palm Sunday 2017

Just after Palm Sunday Service, iPhone photo by JMorton

Palm Sunday 2017

Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week, where the crisis of the cross is imminent.

Let us take this Holy Week as a time to ruminate the lives we lead.

To start with, here is a wonderful food for thought:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

~ Martin Luther King Jr

You Are Christ’s Hand

Christ of St John of the Cross

You Are Christ’s Hand

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,

    no hands but yours,

    no feet but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which is to look out

   Christ’s compassion to the world

Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;

Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.

    – Saint Teresa of Avila
    ……
    This is such a beautiful message from St Teresa.  We are God’s representative on Earth.  Unfortunately in my case, I might not be worthy, I being all too human. 🙁

Easter Egg

Rolo Easter Egg, photo by JMorton

Rolo Easter Egg, photo by JMorton

Happy Easter Sunday to you all.

After a few days of relative calm and serenity to think things through during the time of Jesus’s crucifixion and subsequent death, today is one of rejoicing and celebration as Jesus has risen from the dead.

Today, we eat (meat 🙂 LOL), be merry and perhaps have a little tipple as we revel and be jubilant of the occasion.

During Easter Sunday, it is a tradition that chocolate eggs are given to family, especially to the young members, friends and acquaintances.  It may be in a form of a treasure hunt, which is very popular and fun for all the family.

Why an egg particularly?

Egg is the chosen shape for the chocolate because it denotes a beginning.  From an egg, a life starts.  As Jesus’s death is to redeem us from all our sins, we are given a new beginning to live a better and a more spiritual life. 🙂 Seize this opportunity.

In the UK, the Easter celebration will continue until tomorrow being an Easter Monday.

Again, HAPPY EASTER!

 

 

Ascension Day (Feast of the Ascension)

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Ascension Day (Feast of the Ascension)

Today is Ascension Day, it is the 40th day of Easter, when Jesus Christ took his disciples to Mount Olives to watch Him bodily ascend in to heaven.

The Ascension Day, which usually a Thursday (although some Christian denominations have move the observance on a Sunday), also marks the end of Easter.

Apparently the observance of Ascension Day started in Antiquity, around 68AD

I watch the sunrise (Close to You) – Hymn

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Peter and I went to the Easter Sunday service at our local All Saints’s Church today. During the communion, a hymn was sang by the choir and it just got to me like no other. It really spoke to me. I could not wait to go home to google it and listen to it more.

So got home and googled; the problem was that I don’t really know the hymn’s title. I cannot remember the words. I was going to ask Peter to telephone the vicar about it, but could not really wait that long so went back to the trusty internet.

Deep down, I kept mulling the words ‘watch the sunrise’. I typed it and then added ‘hymn’ and like magic, the hymn was in youtube with its many versions by different singers. I chose Daniel as you cannot go wrong with him.

The lyrics was composed by John Glynn, who was born in Barnet Hertfordshire in 1948. He trained for the diocesan priesthood in 1966 and was ordained in 1977. John Glynn did not only answer his calling from God but also cultivated his passion for music. It was in January 1970 that he wrote the lyrics to Close To You, which became better known for its first line ‘I watch the sunrise’ (Thank God for that, it enabled me to search it 😉 lol). The melody was provided by his fellow student, Colin Murphy, while studying at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh, near Guildford in Surrey.

John Glynn, after 36 years in various parishes, had resigned from active ministry in 2010 at the age of 62. This did not mean retirement but just moving on to another area, where he can concentrate in his passion for making music inspired by the Gospel of Christ.


I watch the sunrise lighting the sky,
Casting its shadows near.
And on this morning bright though it be,
I feel those shadows near me.

But you are always close to me
Following all my ways.
May I be always close to you
Following all your ways, Lord.

I watch the sunlight shine through the clouds,
Warming the earth below.
And at the mid-day, life seems to say:
I feel your brightness near me.
For you are always . . .

I watch the sunset fading away,
Lighting the clouds with sleep.
And as the evening closes its eyes,
I feel your presence near me.
For you are always . . .

I watch the moonlight guarding the night,
Waiting till morning comes.
The air is silent, earth is at rest
Only your peace is near me.

The Resurrection of Christ

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The Resurrection of Christ

I love this painting by Giovanni Bellini.  It is absolutely awe-inspiring.

Apparently it took about four years to complete this painting.  It was started in 1475 and completed in 1479.  It was done in oil.

Giovanni Bellini was an Italian Renaissance painter.  He was born in 1430 in Venice.

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Take My Life and Let It Be by Frances Ridley Havergal

Peter and I went to the Easter Sunday service today at our local Church. It was a lovely service.

Today, the Easter service was about not fearing death. This is one of the lessons in Christ, our Lord’s death and resurrection. Provided we believe in Him and lead a good life we will be with HIM after we passed on.

Our vicar said that the egg, chocolate eggs, lol, for Easter is symbolic breaking the wall of death into life. It is resurrection into a new life.

Each Easter we are given a chance to die the sin and be renewed, thus, the service also encapsulates a baptismal ceremony where one is asked to promise to do away with sinning and forgive and forget all the harms done to self.

One of the songs sang was this beautiful hymn Take My life and Let it be by France Havergal. This was beautifully sang by the choir whilst we were taking communion.

Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.
Psalter Hymnal, (Gray)