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  • 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
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | 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
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • "Hand-Washing Won't Do--Blood Is Needed" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/10/2020 8:22:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hand-Washing Won’t Do--Blood Is Needed” (Matthew 27:11-50) Right now in the news we’re hearing about governors making life-or-death decisions. Should we be open? Should we be closed? How far can I go to protect people’s health? What about the loss of freedom? What about the loss of jobs? Governors are feeling pressure from all sides to make a decision one way or the other. And these decisions do affect people’s lives and their livelihood. No governor has ever made a more momentous life-or-death decision than the one we read about in today’s text, on this Good Friday. And that governor...
  • "Washed and Clean, We Have Life Together with Christ" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    04/09/2020 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Washed and Clean, We Have Life Together with Christ” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) Right now, everybody is concerned about washing their hands, washing their face, and keeping clean. Yesterday I went to the grocery store, and at the entrance they had some Purell wipes. So I wiped my hands and the grocery cart handle, and afterwards, when I had loaded the groceries in my car, I wiped my hands again. Then when I got home, I made sure to wash my hands and my face and so on. Earlier today I saw this comment on the internet: “I just Clorox-wiped a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-20

    04/06/2020 11:03:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-07-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 07 2020 Tuesday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory.Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, Yet my reward is with the LORD, my...
  • Passiontide Chronology: Walking with the Lord on Monday of Holy Week

    04/06/2020 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-05-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on April 5, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Passiontide Chronology: Walking with the Lord on Monday of Holy Week According to Matthew 21:10-17, Mark 11:15-17, and Luke 19:45-46, Jesus returns to Jerusalem today. Seeing shameful practices in the Temple area, He cleanses it. The Gospels also recount His weeping over Jerusalem and His cursing of the fig tree. Matthew and Mark relate that He returned to Bethany that night.Prelude: The Scriptures record that Jesus went to Bethany on the Sunday evening after His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday):[Jesus] went into the temple courts. He looked around at...
  • "Fear Not, Daughter of Zion; Behold, Your King Is Coming!" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on John 12:12-19)

    04/04/2020 8:16:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 5, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, Daughter of Zion; Behold, Your King Is Coming!” (John 12:12-19) I don’t know about you, but these last couple of weeks I’ve been watching the daily briefings from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. I find these briefings fascinating. Not only do they provide information on the virus itself and how to slow the spread--I’ve become familiar with terms like “mitigation,” “models,” “flattening the curve,”; “granular” is the latest one--not only do I find that part fascinating, but it’s also interesting to see how the government responds to calls for help from around the country. “New York, you...
  • Where Is Jesus Between His Death and Resurrection?

    04/20/2019 10:15:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on April 19, 2019April 19, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Where Is Jesus Between His Death and Resurrection? Where is Christ after He dies on Friday afternoon and before He rises on Easter Sunday? Both Scripture and Tradition answer this question. Consider the following excerpt from a second century sermon as well as this meditation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday (ca. 2nd century A.D.):Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because...
  • "Behold the Man: A God Who Bleeds, a God Who Dies" (Sermon for Good Friday, on John 18:1 – 19:42)

    04/19/2019 5:22:28 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 19, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Behold the Man: A God Who Bleeds, a God Who Dies” (John 18:1 – 19:42) “Behold the man!” So Pilate said as Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. “Behold the man!” “Ecce homo” in the Latin. “See, I find no guilt in him.” Nevertheless, Pilate delivered Jesus over to be crucified. So now: Behold the man on the cross! This is his purpose. This is why God became man. This is why the eternal Second Person of the Trinity has taken human flesh. This is the reason. Behold the man on the cross, bleeding,...
  • "Behold the Man: A God Who Loves" (Sermon for Holy/Maundy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    04/18/2019 11:00:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 18, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Behold the Man: A God Who Loves” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) If Jesus’ incarnation teaches us anything about love, it’s that love is not the stuff of mere sentimentality. Love is more than warm fuzzy feelings. On the night when he was betrayed, the one who had all the power of God, who, as the song goes, “has the whole world in his hands,” used his hands to pick up a bowl of water, wrap himself in a towel, and scrub the dirt from the feet of his disciples. And then he gives them--and us--a new commandment: Love like this. Love...
  • Judas Iscariot and Spy Wednesday

    04/17/2019 11:24:44 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 21 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | April 12, 2017 | Florentius
    Today is Spy Wednesday, when the Church traditionally remembers the initiation of the betrayal of Jesus by his apostle, Judas Iscariot. It is interesting in the Gospel of Matthew that Judas approaches the chief priests with his proposal of conspiracy immediately after Our Lord rebukes the disciples for false compassion: And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, There came to him a woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he was at table. And the disciples seeing it, had indignation, saying: To what purpose is this...
  • "Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on Matthew 21:1-9)

    04/13/2019 10:13:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 14, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:1-9)Here comes Jesus, riding into town. Like a boss. Well, maybe not like a boss. More like a servant, sitting on a donkey, a beast of burden, rather than on a war horse. Yet as he enters Jerusalem, Jesus is greeted like a king. Which he is, only not the kind you would expect. There are a lot of people pouring into Jerusalem at this time. There’s a big holiday coming up, Passover, and all the Jews are supposed to go to Jerusalem and to the temple for...
  • Holy Week Observances in My Childhood Home

    03/30/2018 5:41:31 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 4 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | March 30, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    By my mother’s reckoning, Lent is over tomorrow at noon, after which we can eat meat, drink, and well, put our Lenten abstentions away for another year. As a family, we observed three hours of silence every Good Friday from noon-3, the traditional time Our Lord and Savior was hung on the Cross. Mom maintained (and enforced) all fasting and abstinence laws from midnight Holy Thursday through Holy Saturday at noon. On Holy Thursday, all Catholic Churches in our town maintained all-night vigils with litanies and novenas. The physically able participated in the traditional Holy Thursday Seven Church Walk, during...
  • "Love Received, Love to Give" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/29/2018 12:52:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love Received, Love to Give” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yes, Jesus did that. And he also tells his disciples: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” And so our message tonight is all about love: The love with which Jesus loved us, and then the love he would have us give to one another. “Love Received, Love to Give.” First of all, love received. Love his disciples received...
  • Passiontide Chronology: Walking with the Lord on Monday of Holy Week

    03/26/2018 7:57:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington | 03-25-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Passiontide Chronology: Walking with the Lord on Monday of Holy Week Msgr. Charles Pope • March 25, 2018 • According to Matthew 21:10-17, Mark 11:15-17, and Luke 19:45-46, Jesus returns to Jerusalem today. Seeing shameful practices in the Temple area, He cleanses it. The Gospels also recount His weeping over Jerusalem and His cursing of the fig tree. Matthew and Mark relate that He returned to Bethany that night.Prelude: The Scriptures record that Jesus went to Bethany on the Sunday evening after His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday):[Jesus] went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything,...