John Chrysostom on Easter

Every Easter Vigil, or more precisely Pascha, the Eastern Orthodox church hears the same sermon read. Regardless of the priest, the location or the language the sermon is the same and it is 1600 years old. When I first heard of this I was shocked and thought that Easter must be very boring indeed with…

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Holy Saturday

Psalm 130 Job 14:1-14 John 19:38-42 I Peter 4:1-8 Holy Saturday is traditionally a day of quiet reflection. In the Roman Catholic tradition this is the only day of the year when one cannot receive communion. This is a good day to appreciate what the disciples experienced as they dealt with the loss of their…

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Good Friday

Psalm • Psalm 22 Old Testament • Genesis 22:1-18 Gospel • John 18:1-40 and 19:1-37 New Testament • Hebrews 10:1-25 All of the passages for today’s readings are long. This is only fitting because Good Friday is the longest day on the Christian calendar. Its only competition for this dubious title would be the day…

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Maundy Thursday

Psalm • Psalm 78:14-25 Old Testament • Exodus 12:1-14a Gospel • John 13:1-15 New Testament • I Corinthians 11:23-32 “For they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” – Ps. 78:22 There is no getting around the fact that the events of Holy Week are commemorations of God’s graciousness and our deliverance.…

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Wednesday of Holy Week

Psalm • Psalm 69:7-23 Old Testament • Isaiah 49:1-6 Gospel • John 13:21-35 New Testament • Hebrews 9:11-28 In today’s Gospel passage Jesus talks about two different kinds of denial. One, the denial by Judas, seems irredeemable while the prediction of Peter’s denial brings with it the possibility of recovery. This Easter and Lenten Season…

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Tuesday of Holy Week

Psalm • Psalm 71:1-12 Old Testament • Isaiah 49:1-6 Gospel • John 12:37-50 New Testament • I Corinthians 1:18-31 Jesus says, in the reading from the Gospel of John, that if we see him it is as if  we see the Father too. They are so inseparable that when you get one you get the…

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Monday of Holy Week … words for the week

Each day this week will include a different set of readings specifically designed to aid in our worship and prayer throughout Holy Week. In addition, each passage helps us prepare to celebrate the beauty of the Lord’s Resurrection on Sunday morning. We have journeyed through the Lenten season and we now behold Jesus in his…

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Words for the Week — Palm Sunday

This week is the celebration known as Palm Sunday. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the Lordship of Christ as we remember his entrance into Jerusalem. Liturgy of the Palms • Psalm 118:19-29 and Luke 19:29-40 The Scripture readings for Palm Saturday worship. Psalm • Psalm 22:1-21 Old Testament • Isaiah 45:21-25 or 52:13-53:12 Gospel…

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