The Appearances of the Risen Lord
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The Appearances of the Risen Lord

The Resurrection of Christ is central to our faith as Christians. Paul proclaims: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). From Easter Sunday to Low Sunday, the readings at Mass present the accounts of the appearances of the risen Lord. This…

Easter Song: Go tell the World
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Easter Song: Go tell the World

Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday
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Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday

We don’t know what to do with it. Somehow it gets lost between the solemn exhaustion of Good Friday and the excitement of the Easter Vigil. Yet it is not an interlude between acts while the scenery changes behind the curtain. Neither is it a time when God continues to work in some other realm…

Passion of Jesus – Wintershall
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Passion of Jesus – Wintershall

The famous Wintershall Passion of Jesus – with its cast of hundreds of actors and animals – has been watched by thousands of people in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday for ten years. More than 300,000 people have also watched a live stream around the world. Because of the pandemic, it won’t be possible again…

Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew
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Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Some of the most intriguing artistic tributes to faith and religion come from nonbelievers. A Man For All Seasons, the great drama of the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, was written for the stage and screen by the non-Christian Robert Bolt. The story of The Song of Bernadette, the Marian visionary of Lourdes, was first…

J.S.Bach: St Matthew’s Passion: Erbarme dich
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J.S.Bach: St Matthew’s Passion: Erbarme dich

‘Erbarme dich, mein Gott’ from ‘St Matthew Passion’ (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach. Performed by the Netherlands Bach Society conducted by Jos van Veldhoven. Soloists: Tim Mead (Alto), Shunske Sato (violin) The St Matthew Passion tells the story of the last days of Jesus. He is betrayed, tried, crucified and buried. The lyrics were compiled…

Hosanna to the Son of David
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Hosanna to the Son of David

Luke 19: 29-40 HCSB As Jesus approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples and said, “Go into the village ahead of you.As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you,…

Celebrating the Passion of the Lord
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Celebrating the Passion of the Lord

The busiest afternoon of the year for Catholic churches is that of Good Friday. People throng to participate in a liturgy entitled,  ‘Celebration of the Passion of the Lord’. The mood for this celebration is set by three readings from Scripture, which invite us to meet the Lord Jesus under three aspects: as Servant, as…

Foot-Washing on Maundy Thursday: Looking up at Wounded Humanity
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Foot-Washing on Maundy Thursday: Looking up at Wounded Humanity

Yes, doubtless true, but it would do us good to undertake, if only for a moment, the thought-experiment of imagining the Church having made foot-washing, rather than the breaking of bread, our habitual sacrament of communion, our anamnetic mode. Mass would certainly take longer and be messier, with bowls of water risking spillage on our…

Transfiguration
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Transfiguration

Not all the disciples were treated equally. At special times in his life Jesus selected his closest friends to be with him. Here we have Peter, James and John chosen as witnesses to the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration places Jesus with two great figures in Jewish history. Moses the giver of the Law and Elijah the…

Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion
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Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion

The renowned biblical scholar, Father Henry Wansbrough, a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, will be giving a series of evening webinars on the Passion narratives, hosted by Holy Innocents’ Church Orpington. The evening will explore the different accounts of The Passion and Death of Jesus according to the Synoptic Gospels, The Passion, Death and Resurrection…

At the Beginning of the Year of St Joseph
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At the Beginning of the Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis celebrates Joseph as a father in his recent apostolic letter, Patris corde. At the beginning of this Year of St Joseph, consider what we can learn about Joseph’s fatherhood of Jesus from the context in which Matthew tells us about the birth of Christ. ….”The invitation to us is to do whatever it is…