Mark’s Gospel: A Treasure to be Discovered
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Mark’s Gospel: A Treasure to be Discovered

Each year on 25 April, the Church celebrates the feast of St Mark. Who is this Mark? He is usually identified with a young man we meet in the Acts of the Apostles. This Mark was a member of the first Christian community in Jerusalem, whose mother offered refuge to Peter when he escaped from…

Eastertide Reading: The Acts of the Apostles
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Eastertide Reading: The Acts of the Apostles

One New Testament book is reserved for Easter Day and the following fifty days until Pentecost, and is never otherwise read publicly in Catholic Sunday or weekday liturgies. This book is The Acts of the Apostles. Peter Edmonds SJ invites us to spend some time exploring its background and character as we attempt to grasp…

Eastertide Reading: The Book of Revelations
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Eastertide Reading: The Book of Revelations

The Church is cautious with this book. There are only seven occasions when it is an official Sunday reading. The first is on the Feast of Christ the King in Year B of the Sunday cycle. The remainder occur on the Sundays after Easter Sunday in Year C. Let us take these seven readings as our entrance…

‘Mariam’ – ‘Rabbouni’
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‘Mariam’ – ‘Rabbouni’

How did Mary not recognise the man she had followed for so long? Was she so blinded by grief that she couldn’t think clearly? Were her eyes full of tears (her weeping has now been mentioned three times)? Or does the position of her body offer a simpler explanation? Mary has stooped inside the tomb…

Philippines: ‘Pabása ng Pasyón’ – Reading of the Passion
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Philippines: ‘Pabása ng Pasyón’ – Reading of the Passion

The “Pabasa ng Pasyon,” literally the “Reading of the Passion,” is a Christian devotion in the Philippines, especially during the Holy Week. It is the uninterrupted chanting of the Pasyón, an early 16th-century epic poem narrating the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Readers are usually groups of individuals taking turns in chanting…

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…

The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square, London
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The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square, London

On Good Friday, 15 April, the renowned Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed in the shadow of the National Gallery. Supported by the Mayor of London, the open-air production was first produced in London in 2010. With a cast of more than…

‘She Anointed the Feet of Jesus’ – an Imaginative Contemplation
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‘She Anointed the Feet of Jesus’ – an Imaginative Contemplation

It was just then I heard the voice in my heart say: ‘It’s time.’ It was time. He might not know it yet … but I did. I stood and fetched the oil of nard my inner voice had had me save all these years for him. I prayed. I wrapped a towel around my…

The Passion According to Saint Luke
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The Passion According to Saint Luke

Try to imagine yourself as an educated member of the Roman Empire reading Luke’s account of the birth, life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, and at the end asking Luke: ‘If all that you write is true about the character and the behaviour and teaching of this good man who claimed to be a…