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Good Friday
April 14, 2017, 11:35 am
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Crucifix from Monserrat

“Let us nail ourselves to him, resisting the temptation to stand apart, or to join others in mocking him.”

– Pope Benedict



Good Friday. Afternoon
March 25, 2016, 3:56 pm
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Jesus said, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Now the seed is buried in the soil.  All we can do is await the gift of its fecundity. “Tomorrow the Son of Man will walk in a garden through drifts of apple blossom” (George Mackay Brown).

I once visited the tomb of Bishop Pierre Claverie in Oran, Algeria.  He was murdered in 1996 for his opposition to violence and because he promoted friendship between Muslims and Christians. His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims alike. On it are often placed flowers. God’s grace brings springtime for every one of us.

– Timothy Radcliffe – Stations of the Cross

20160325_135007.jpgThe Aumbry is empty.  Christ has died and is in the tomb.  All we can do is be with those who suffer.  All we can do is wait.



stations of the cross
April 18, 2014, 12:11 pm
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Some of Beverley Barr’s fine Stations of the Cross in St Bede’s, Brandwood

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as we prepare to accompany Christ in the Way of the Cross this Good Friday

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journey – holy week – good friday
April 6, 2012, 8:50 am
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Drained is love in making full;

Bound in setting others free;

Poor in making many rich;

Weak in giving power to be.

– WH Vanstone

Good Friday:

torture, suffering, execution, death, sacrifice, love

and a reminder that the spiritual is the political.



via crucis
April 22, 2011, 7:54 am
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hidden is love’s agony
April 21, 2011, 4:05 pm
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A HYMN TO THE CREATOR

by William H. Vanstone

Morning glory, starlit sky,
Leaves in springtime, swallows’ flight,
Autumn gales, tremendous seas,
Sounds and scents of summer night;

Soaring music, tow’ring words,
Art’s perfection, scholar’s truth,
Joy supreme of human love,
Memory’s treasure, grace of youth;

Open, Lord, are these, Thy gifts,
Gifts of love to mind and sense;
Hidden is love’s agony,
Love’s endeavour, love’s expense.

Love that gives gives ever more,
Gives with zeal, with eager hands,
Spares not, keeps not, all outpours,
Ventures all, its all expends.

Drained is love in making full;
Bound in setting others free;
Poor in making many rich;
Weak in giving power to be.

Therefore He Who Thee reveals
Hangs, O Father, on that Tree
Helpless; and the nails and thorns
Tell of what Thy love must be.

Thou are God; no monarch Thou
Thron’d in easy state to reign;
Thou art God, Whose arms of love
Aching, spent, the world sustain.



Good Friday
April 2, 2010, 7:08 am
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This Crucifix came into view as we ended the strenuous day of climbing into Galicia.  We said – at exactly the same time – this is why we are walking.