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Easter 2014

Anna and the Easter Bunny at Valley River Center

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Three Prayers Before the Easter Vigil

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For all those being baptized tonight, and tomorrow morning …

Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin. Grant that those baptized this weekend, being reborn to new life in him, may live in righteousness and holiness all their days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For all those being confirmed …

Grant, Almighty God that all those who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, may be renewed by the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For all receiving First Holy Communion …

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament has left us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to adore him in the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers adapted from the Collects At Baptism, At Confirmation, and Of the Holy Eucharist, found on pages 252-4 of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.



Paolo Veronese, The Crucifixion (16 Century)

Today, he is pierced for our transgressions.

Today, is is crushed for our iniquities.

Today, the punishment that brings us peace is placed upon him.

Today, by his wounds, we are healed.

We are the ones that hurt him, the ones that put him on the cross, and yet he forgives us, and in his hurt he heals us.

He dies for us out of love for us, and his love is the glue that repairs our brokenness.

Water and blood, flowing from his side, filling and binding every wound, every break, and every crack that sin ever opened. Closing them and healing them forever.

For in the midst of death, we are in life. The tomb cannot contain him, and at Easter we shall be made new.

Today, I know that my Redeemer lives!

M. Grunewald Resurrection

Matthias Grünewald, Resurrection (c. 1510-15)

For he is the Resurrection and the Life.

Five Minute Friday


Triduum, a Liturgical Drama in Three Acts

Truddum Triptych

A Triduum Triptych by Stephen Crotts (via Facebook)

Beginning tonight, churches throughout the world will reenact the greatest drama in human history. Like many great dramas, this one will be presented in three acts. But unlike most dramas, which are presented in one showing, this drama will be spread out over three nights. Perhaps it is too great a story to fit in one night.

(Note: I’m using the Catholic liturgies for these three nights as my example. Many Anglicans and Lutheran churches will also observe the Triduum in a similar way, with a few small differences.)

The Paschal Triduum.

Act One: Holy Thursday evening.

Foot washing at last supper

Duccio di Buoninsegna The Washing of Feet (1308 – 11)

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins as usual, with a sung Introit (extolling the glory of the Cross) or a Hymn. The Gloria is sung for the only time during Lent—excluding the Feasts of the Annunciation and Saint Joseph—and church bells are rung. After this, the bells (and organ, if the church has one) are silenced until Easter eve.

The readings at the Liturgy of the Word describe the original Passover celebration (Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14), recount the institution of the Eucharist (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), and retell the account of Jesus washing the disciples feet (John 13:1-15). After a brief homily, the priest removes his chasuble and washes the feet of twelve parishioners—standing in for the apostles—following Jesus’ example.

The Eucharist follows. After communion, the Reserved Sacrament is carried in procession out of the church and to an Altar of Repose where the faithful wait with Jesus—whom Catholics believe is truly present—for at least the hour that the disciples couldn’t manage. There is no recessional or closing hymn. The altar is stripped privately in silence.

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Her Best Photo (So Far)

Two tulips

Taken at the 2013 Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (Photo: Anna Ozab)

Maintaining a Schedule


The “fantastic” opening screen of the Glove and Boots video blog.

A year ago today, I set a goal for myself to post to this blog more frequently, and I devised a schedule to help make it happen. Now that a year has passed, how have I done? To answer, I need to break the question into two parts.

Am I blogging more frequently? Yes. In the past my blogging frequency has ebbed and flowed. I’ve had very busy months, like December, 2012, with my Online Advent Calendar, and very sparse months, including a string from October, 2011 through February 2012 where I never hit double digits. Since last April, I’ve averaged about twenty posts a month.

Has the schedule helped? I think so. By narrowing each day’s topic to a more specific subject, I have an easier time writing posts. I also have a built-in deadline for each post, which I usually meet.

Having answered those two questions, I have one more left to ask …

Is there anything I can do differently? Yes. This schedule has taken some tweaking to get right and the tweaking isn’t done yet. For example, I’ve struggled with a regular topic for Thursday, and, after a year, I think I may have finally found one. I also need to work more on my time management—a constant struggle for me—to make sure I’m not leaving posts to the last minute.

It’s an ongoing struggle to keep the blog up and running while not neglecting my other writing as well. I’m figuring it out as I go.

How about you? If you have a blog, what helps you blog more frequently? Tell me in the comments. Thanks!

Bloggerhood Etc. 4/14/14

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Welcome to Palindrome Week! That right, this week (at least in the US) every date is a palindrome. Exciting, huh? Well, here’s the best of the last, semi-palindromic week from around the blogosphere.

Best Remembrance.Hank Aaron’s Homer and the Most Revered Record in Sports” by Grant Brisbee at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.The Exquisite Joy of Nothing” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Brightest Post.Bright Spot” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Most Hopeful (in Spite of its Title).The World Would be a Better Place if We All Died …” by Brandon Andress.

Best Psychological Analysis.REF RAGE: A Study of Our NCAA Tournament Frustrations and Hatreds” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Parenting Post.The Saint of the NICU” by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary.

Best Headline.Meet the Prizewinning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand” by Karl W. Giberson at The Daily Beast.

Best Synchroblog.The Day it Felt Like Church” by Chris Morton (and several other bloggers) at Growth and Mission.

Best Question.Why Can’t My Son Receive the Eucharist?” by Anna Nussbaum Keating at First Things.

Most Likely to Make You Cry.The Lessons of Princess Lacey” by Kurt Mensching at SB Nation.

Best Advice.How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Video Mashup.Spoiler Alert – Supercut!” by Screen Junkies (via YouTube).

And like that … the movie’s ruined!