April 11: Full Stop

April 11: Full Stop

Whew wasn’t getting here a push!  40 days (absent Sundays) from Ash Wednesday until today (Part One).  Feels like 4 years in chronological time but no, 40 days, a Lenten quarantina if you recall the Venetian term.  Like a new driver, or a grammatical period, or much...
April 10: Bonus Egeria!!

April 10: Bonus Egeria!!

Since we will be leaving Egeria soon, I thought to provide a few interesting excerpts from her writing about Good Friday of the Great Week I could not wedge into a longer Reflection above.  So, Bonus Egeria this Good Friday morning for you!  From her journal…. The...
April 10: Why?

April 10: Why?

We have come to Good Friday.  Dark is never darker than here.  As an exhausted and broken Frodo Baggins says to his faithful friend Samwise Gamgee after their quest to destroy the Ring of Power is fulfilled and the world around them is being destroyed, “I am glad you...
April 9: Make It So

April 9: Make It So

Sir Patrick Stewart, one of England’s leading Shakespearian actors, recently reprised his role as Jean Luc Picard for CBS’s lucrative Star Trek franchise.  Admiral Picard is universally regarded as amongst the most famous science fiction cinematic characters of all...
April 8: Triduum Special Reflection

April 8: Triduum Special Reflection

What a pleasure during this Lenten journey to share a small portion of sacred vocabulary with you.  And here we come to one of the most significant titles for Christian worship in the latter half of the Great Week.  Triduum in Latin of course means the three days,...
April 8: I Spy

April 8: I Spy

Not Holy Wednesday, in case you were guessing.  Spy Wednesday is today in the Great Week.  Egeria provides the answer why.  Following the same worship schedule like the past two days, Bishop Cyril, after the evening worship and blessing in the Church of the Holy...
April 7: The Least of These

April 7: The Least of These

Welcome to Holy Tuesday, the third day of the Great Week.  For Egeria this day mirrored yesterday except for the very end.  She describes a special hike after the final evening blessing back up Mount Olivet to a small church near the Gethsemane, very late, as Bishop...

April 6: Claim the Day

Our earliest Christian forebears (often called the “primitive church” by scholars who seemingly never perceived the derogatory implication of that term) lived in a terribly brutal world.  Recall that while both Jesus and the Apostle Paul enjoyed financial and personal...
April 10: Bonus Egeria!!

April 5: Hebdomadarii

Yes, you can say with me slowly…Hep-DOM-eh-dare-ree, a hybrid Greek-Latin term meaning People Who Kept a Week.  Today we begin to keep the week of all Christian weeks, the holiest, most sacral chronology of the entire Christian year.  Today we transform into pilgrims...
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