Pieta by William Bouguereau

Not a Good Friday for Mary

This year the Good Friday fell on 25th March, the day on which the Church usually remembers the Annunciation, the visit of the angel to that young girl Mary nine months before Christmas, because you understand Jesus was born on 25th December. So for our Ecumenical Good Friday service we remembered Mary, Mary who saw…

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This is Not Jesus

Locally Stations of the Cross are held on a Monday evening, so to do them again today just didn’t feel right, yet that walk, that repetition, the images, the prayers all make this day a day that beats a heart, while Jesus’ stops beating. So today we walked round Jerusalem visiting the stations of the…

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Ready the Room

  Today as people arrived they were invited to come and sit at the table, around the table, a table of gathering, a table bare apart from patches of cloth, needles and thread.  We started to chat to play a game of cards, to do things that people do when they gathered, then someone picked…

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Pilate

Today Macbeth and his lady, Pilate, Isaiah all tried to wash blood from their hands. In bowls of lego, dirty water, money, earth and nothing, yes a bowl of nothing, to try and wash away that spot, and with it a question to ponder. There was nothing, nothing in the beginning. Well no there was…

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Judas

Okay I can hear you, Spy Wednesday is tomorrow, why are you doing Judas today?  Well there are two answer to that, firstly because we wanted to mix things up a bit and make people think differently, remember our sub title for the week? Secondly because we wanted to do Pilate tomorrow.  Of course neither…

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Lazarus

This year Holy Week has a different flavour locally.  The subtitle for the week which will greet everyone each day is: This Week isn’t about giving answers or feeling comfortable. It is about asking the uncomfortable questions, many of which we can only begin to find the answers to after Easter’s Dawn. Today we looked…

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Cast Aside No More

The Church has often denied to the outcast and to the despised the compassion which she owes them ….. She has stood by while violence and wrong were being committed under the cover of the name of Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945 I had thought that I wouldn’t blog during Lent, well that was my intention.…