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  • "Why?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/07/2023 10:30:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies ^ | April 7, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why?” (Matthew 27:11-50) Why? That is the question of the day here on this Good Friday. We hear the question raised twice in our Gospel account. First, when the crowd is demanding that Jesus be crucified, Pontius Pilate asks, “Why, what evil has he done?” And then second, when Jesus is crucified, he himself asks, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These “why” questions are understandable, since none of this makes any sense--until we know the real reason for the “Why?” This whole entire episode--the trials, the beatings, the crucifixion: Why? Why did this take place? Why...
  • "Christian Questions with Their Answers: 'This Do'" (Sermon for Holy Thursday)

    04/06/2023 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | April 6, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christian Questions with Their Answers: ‘This Do’” This is the night our Lord Jesus Christ gave his disciples to eat and to drink of his body and blood. And he didn’t mean just for that night. No, Christ was instituting a sacrament to be used often. Already in the pages of the New Testament, we see that the church partook of this sacrament whenever they met on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day. And that practice continued through the history of the church. Now tonight, on this night when our Lord instituted the Sacrament, we here intend...
  • "Flourishing Palms" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Psalm 92)

    04/01/2023 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | April 2, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Flourishing Palms” (Psalm 92) At the start of today’s service, with palm branches in our hands, we sang, “All glory, laud, and honor to You, Redeemer, King.” Today we’re like the crowd that greeted Jesus on his way into Jerusalem: “They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’” These palm branches befit the praises with which we hail our coming King. Today these palms are fresh and green, just as our worship today is strong and vigorous....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 1 May-2022: 3rd Sunday of Eastertide

    04/30/2022 8:46:29 PM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    May 1st 2022 3rd Sunday of Eastertide St John Nepomucene, Pisek, ND Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White First readingActs 5:27-32,40-41 ©We are witnesses to all this: we and the Holy SpiritThe high priest demanded an explanation of the Apostles. ‘We gave you a formal warning’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 30-April-2022: Saturday of the 2nd week of Eastertide

    04/30/2022 4:10:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    April 30th 2022 Saturday of the 2nd week of Eastertide National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White First readingActs 6:1-7 ©They elected seven men full of the Holy SpiritAbout this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews: in the daily distribution their own widows were being overlooked. So the Twelve called a full meeting of the disciples and addressed them, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food; you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 24-April-2022: Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/24/2022 2:39:01 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    April 24th 2022 Divine Mercy Sunday National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White First readingActs 5:12-16 ©The numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadilyThe faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. So many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 22-April-2022: Easter Friday

    04/22/2022 1:10:00 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    April 22nd 2022 Easter Friday St. Stephen's basilica, Budapest Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White First readingActs 4:1-12 ©The name of Jesus Christ is the only one by which we can be savedWhile Peter and John were talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, but as it was already late, they held them till the next day. But many of those who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 17-April-2022, Dominica Paschae / Paschal Sunday

    04/17/2022 3:07:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    April 17th 2022 Paschal Sunday Church of the Holy Sepulchre, over Golgotha, Jerusalem, Israel Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White First readingActs 10:34,37-43 ©'We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection'Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 15-April-2022, Holy Saturday

    04/16/2022 2:27:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    April 16th 2022 Holy Saturday Church of Mary, Queen of Poland, Gdańska, Warsaw Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White First readingGenesis 1:1-2:2 ©God saw all that he had made, and indeed it was very goodIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, and God’s spirit hovered over the water. God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light. God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day’, and darkness he called ‘night.’ Evening came and morning came: the...
  • "Evil Friday Is Also Good Friday" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Luke 23:44-56)

    04/15/2022 1:08:33 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | April 15, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Evil Friday Is Also Good Friday” (Luke 23:44-56) The theme for our Lenten journey this year has been “You Meant It for Evil, But God Meant It for Good.” We have seen how God can just plain grab something evil and use it for good, in his larger plan. No one could see it at the time, but that’s how God works. We see God working this way in our reading tonight from Luke 23. Something evil was happening on the day our Lord Jesus was crucified. But God used it for good--for incredible, tremendous good--which is why call this...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 15-April-2022, Good Friday

    04/15/2022 7:18:58 AM PDT · by annalex · 12 replies
    15 April 2022Good FridaySt. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, St. Clair, PA Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Red.There is no Mass today. The readings given here are used in the afternoon celebration of the Lord's Passion.First readingIsaiah 52:13-53:12 ©The servant of the Lord, an expiatory SacrificeSee, my servant will prosper,he shall be lifted up, exalted, rise to great heights.As the crowds were appalled on seeing him– so disfigured did he lookthat he seemed no longer human –so will the crowds be astonished at him,and kings stand speechless before him;for they shall see something never toldand witness something never heard before:‘Who could...
  • "The Eternal Passover That Jesus Desired to Eat" (Sermon for Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, on Luke 22:14-20)

    04/14/2022 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | April 14, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Eternal Passover That Jesus Desired to Eat” (Luke 22:14-20) During this season of Lent, we’ve tried to be realistic as we learn again to trust our God. The realism has to do with evil--the evil that betrayed, condemned, and crucified Jesus long ago, and the evil in our world and in our lives also today. In the face of that evil, we trust our God and the plan he carried out in Christ. We can say to Satan, to the world, and even to ourselves, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” This evening’s service...
  • "Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion" (Sermon for Holy Week, on Luke 19:28-40 and 22:1 – 23:56)

    04/09/2022 3:40:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | April 10, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion” (Luke 19:28-40; 22:1 – 23:56) Today is a day that goes by two names: “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” The title that we’re probably more familiar with is “Palm Sunday.” For it was on this day that Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, greeted by the cheering crowds, and the people used palm branches to welcome him. Palms were used to indicate victory and triumph. Palms symbolized success and long life. And so on Palm Sunday, Jesus is hailed as the Messiah, the long-prophesied King of Israel, coming to Jerusalem...
  • Knocking Down the Gates of Hell

    05/01/2021 4:07:14 PM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 4 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | May 1, 2021 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Swedish Lutheran theologian, Gustav Aulen, published a seminal work on the types of atonement theory in 1930 (Christus Victor). Though time and critical studies have suggested many subtler treatments of the question, no one has really improved on his insight. Especially valuable was his description of the “Classic View” of the atonement. This imagery, very dominant in the writings of the early Fathers and in the liturgical life of the Eastern Church, focused on the atonement as an act of invasion, the smashing of gates and bonds, and the setting free of those bound in hell. Aulen clearly preferred...
  • The Bridegroom and Judgment

    04/27/2021 12:11:50 PM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 1 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | April 27, 2021 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    "Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching; and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom. But rouse yourself crying: Holy, holy, holy, art Thou, O our God. Through the Theotokos, have mercy on us."+ Troparion of Bridegroom Matins The services of the first few days of Orthodox Holy Week have a collective theme of judgment. The centerpiece of those days...
  • “Get Out, Nazis!” Calgary Pastor Shouts Down Police Interrupting Church Service During Holy Week

    04/03/2021 6:31:00 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 58 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 3, 2021 | Cristina Laila
    Now this is how a real man handles the Covid Nazis. Artur Pawlowski, the Pastor of the Cave of Adullam Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada shouted down police officers who interrupted his church service during Holy Week.
  • "The Light Shines in the Darkness" (Sermon for Good Friday, on John 1:1-5, 9-14)

    04/02/2021 1:15:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | April 2, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Light Shines in the Darkness” (John 1:1-5, 9-14) Tonight we’re doing a traditional Good Friday evening service called “Tenebrae.” The Latin word, “tenebrae,” means “shadows” or “darkness.” This is the Service of the Shadows, the Service of Darkness--moving to complete darkness at the end of the service. This reminds us of the darkness that came over the land when Christ was hanging on the cross, the great darkness that occurred when the author of life was put to death. And then his lifeless body was placed in the tomb, and night fell, and all was darkness and shadows. The...
  • How Christians Have Honored Good Friday For Centuries

    04/02/2021 8:18:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 2, 2021 | Christine Weerts
    Good Friday—a holiday in just 10 states—is celebrated by most Christian denominations, with fasting and somber worship services that often end in silence.Before Christians joyously celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, they first must make a gruesome stop at a hill called Calvary. Two days before the trumpets sound, and churches—many opening for the first time in a year—fill their sanctuaries with lilies, dogwood, and alleluias, we first must witness the hideous trial of the sinless Lord, the bloody brutal scourging by Roman soldiers and his anguishing suffering and suffocating death on the cross, a day called...
  • "Hosanna!" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/ Sunday of the Passion, on John 12:11-19)

    03/27/2021 7:57:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | March 28, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hosanna!” (John 12:11-19) Today is Palm Sunday, and if there is a “word of the day” for this day, it’s “Hosanna!” How often do we see that word show up in our service today! We started the service by saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” Then we heard the Gospel reading, where the crowd cries out, “Hosanna!” As we processed in, we sang the refrain six times, “To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.” And we concluded the procession by saying, “Hosanna in the highest.” So before we even sat down, we heard or said or...
  • A Different Kind of Holy Week

    04/11/2020 4:28:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 11, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    My office is just a few blocks from St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. So, on a good day, I get to church when it opens at 6:30, attend the 7 a.m. Mass, maybe go to confession if it's time, pray my morning prayers and give Jesus a little time to say whatever He has in mind for me for the day. Because there is a Mass every half-hour through 8, I sometimes happen to be present for three Masses. But this Holy Week, with public Masses unavailable, that three-Mass record is history. On the other hand, I get notifications now...