Friday Icon

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Michaelangelo’s Pieta Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy; in Carrera marble.

Contemplate Jesus’ body, the lifelessness communicated in the marble, the way Jesus’ shoulder and its flesh yield to his mother Mary’s hand as she holds her son for the last time.

Jesus is human, suffering and obedient to the point of death, gaunt and spent in the first arms to have comforted him.

Friday Icon: Chartres Cathedral

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Chartres Cathedral Portal

The four beasts surrounding Jesus in this sculpture are a lion, a calf, a man, and an eagle (there’s no coincidence that these are similar to the four creatures which represent the four Gospels, though these are taken specifically from Revelation 4).  Continue reading

When Easter doesn’t feel like Easter

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van Gogh’s The Raising of Lazarus

This sermon is offered as part of the Eastertide Sermon Series at Evensong here at Trinity, exploring facets of Jesus’ resurrection.  Today I preach on the resurrection as hopeful; using as my focus a line from the Te Deum, which was just offered by our choir: Jesus “overcame the sharpness of death.” Continue reading