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Staying Alive

The people at the Crafton Heights church have been spending this Lent listening to the words of scripture – in particular, the scriptures set to music in the context of Handel’s Messiah.   2,063 more words


Burying the Alleluias

On Sunday at St. John’s Church (one of our two points) the Sunday School “buried” the alleluias.

The original plan had been to do this outside, but with -15° temperatures, frozen ground, and no snow, it had to be done inside. 802 more words


Farewell to Alleluia

In the faith community to which I belong, today was celebrated as the Transfiguration of our Lord. One custom of this day is to “hide” or “bury” the Alleluia, putting it away from liturgical use until its return in the festive worship of Easter Sunday. 245 more words

Metamorphic Jesus

sermon on Matthew 17:1-9; 2nd Peter 1:16-21

My first year of seminary I had to do a project on Luke’s version of this Transfiguration passage. I still resent it, like having to deal with divorce verses in a first preaching class. 1,875 more words

We are Chosen for Joy

John 15: 11 NRSV – I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be complete. 319 more words


Prepare to Prepare: Septuagesima

Today we dawn the violet garbs at the altar and remove from the Holy Mass the Alleluia and Gloria. Septuagesima refers to the “seventy days” (actually 63 days) before Easter in which we recall the 70 year Babylonian exile of the Old Testament. 969 more words