Homily, Great Vigil

We are in the dark. We don’t know when this thing will end. We don’t know if we or people we love will become ill. We don’t know who is telling the truth. We are in the dark and we need the light of Christ. This year, more than ever, we need Easter. In Ezekiel’s … READ MORE…

The Easter Sermon: from darkness to light

Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! The story of Holy Week is a journey from darkness to light. The fourth Gospel begins Easter Day in darkness, echoing the moment on Thursday when Judas left the community of disciples to betray Jesus and John writes, “it was night”. The night continued until … READ MORE…

Photoessay: Vergers at the Vigil

If you visit Episcopal Cathedrals around the country, you will find that although we are a relatively small Cathedral, we have a mighty Verger Corps (see here for more about the vergers’ roles).  Your vergers are responsible for the smooth running of the service, spending lots of time before, during and after the service, to ensure that … READ MORE…

The Vigil Sermon: Risen to New Life

Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! Tonight you may have heard more Scripture read than you have ever heard before in a single worship service. Not only the stories, but the Psalms and canticles, and the prayers drawn from Scripture, all together giving us a rich and full sense of the … READ MORE…

The Easter Sermon

Come Holy Spirit: Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you. AMEN. I. In college, I was trained as a mathematician. I was particularly drawn to the mysteries of the unknown and unseen. My last year … READ MORE…

Easter Vigil Sermon: This is the night

Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! This is a night unlike any other night. The Exsultet, that Martin sang so beautifully, gives it poetic expression:        This is the night when God brought our ancestors out of bondage.        This is the night when all who believe … READ MORE…

The Easter Sermon: Signs of Life

 Alleluia. Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! When I got up this morning I started, as usual, to look for signs for life. I turned on the faucet, and as the clean water flowed out I gave thanks that, even in a severe drought, all I have to do is turn the … READ MORE…

Triduum: a reflection

 I know the hymn by heart. It’s one that we repeated during my youth as the ‘Communion Hymn’, but to a different tune than we find in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. Now when I sing it at St. Paul’s, I show off by not referring to the hymnbook for any of its stanzas, ama zing … READ MORE…

Easter

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, … READ MORE…

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