The Church of England in Marsden and Slaithwaite

Easter Eve

Easter Eve: between the crucifixion and the resurrection. There is a tradition that Jesus, ‘descended to the dead’ and liberates those trapped in hell. I found a lovely cartoon of Jesus walking down a spiral staircase, it is dark at the bottom and light further up the stairs, but Jesus is walking down with a paintbrush in hand, painting ‘way[…]

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Garden of Gethsemane by John Reilly

Good Friday

Reflections on the Cross they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them John 19:17-18 Surely he took up our painand bore our suffering,yet we[…]

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Jesus washing feet

Maundy Thursday reflection

We may be restricted in our Maundy Thursday service… a reflection from Bishop Nick Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into[…]

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Icon of Jesus

Wednesday of Holy Week: Night Prayer

The last of three audio recordings in which I’ve been following the prayers of the Church of England. Monday was Morning Prayer, Tuesday was Prayer during the day, and today I offer ‘Compline’ (Night Prayer). All these prayers are accessible on the Church of England website, or even better; via the iOS and Andriod app link here

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A line from Psalm 118: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good

A Psalm for Palm Sunday

Taking Holy Communion this evening, Psalm 118 seems remarkably upbeat for a Church unable to physically meet, and yet as we gathered in heart and mind to take communion, and as I thought about all the homes and businesses, the countryside and the schools – the places we work and play; this beautiful place in which we live and dream…[…]

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A photograph of part of Rublev's Trinity

Sunday Worship during lockdown

The question I’ve been struggling with for over a week is, “How can we worship publically, when the church buildings are closed and gathering physically will put people’s lives at risk?” This coronavirus pandemic is changing the face of the country we live in, and challenging how we remain both ‘together’ and ‘public’. After writing to everyone on the electoral[…]

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