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Faith

Readings: 2nd Sunday of Easter

IT WAS hardly a hotbed of faith which Jesus invaded when he bypassed the locked door that expressed the disciples' fear. No wonder his first words were the Jewish greeting of peace. Only when he showed them his hands and side did the disciples rejoice at seeing him.

The luminous drama of the resurrection

The luminous drama of the resurrection

In the final part of his Lent series, Richard Harries considers a depiction of awesome otherness

Prayer of the week

Prayer of the week

Rob Wickham recommends a theologian's vivid prayer to a sacrificial and blood-soaked God

Beauty, but without Pollyanna escapism

Beauty, but without Pollyanna escapism

Richard Harries admires the mix of joy and sorrow in the paintings of Norman Adams

Readings: Good Friday

Each Good Friday, Isaiah, Hebrews, and John leave us marvelling at God's wisdom in bringing victory out of horrific cruelty, destroying the power of death. Isaiah's litany of the servant's suffering ends with his making many righteous, and dividing the spoil with the strong. He prospers and is exalted, startling the powerful with the scars of his suffering.

Readings: Easter Day

WHAT happened at dawn on the first day of the week was not instant and overwhelming joy for those involved. It provoked yet more perplexity. Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to see the tomb. Suddenly, there was the second earthquake in three days, and an angel, looking like lightning and snow at the same time, descended from heaven and sat on the stone. It was holy commotion yet again.

Christ’s sacrificial music

Christ’s sacrificial music

Richard Harries continues his reflections on modern art for Lent

Readings: Palm Sunday

A VISITOR at Durham Cathedral recently asked for directions to the 12.30 service of "holy commotion". It seems a rather apt phrase when we hear the Passion narrative read, since we take bread and wine in the name of one who, according to Matthew, triggered commotions: his birth caused Jerusalem to be frightened, and his riding into Jerusalem threw the whole city into turmoil.

Prayer of the week

Lee Rayfield considers a prayer about some friends of Jesus

Old truths seen in a new light, and in London

Old truths seen in a new light, and in London

Richard Harries considers what we can learn from Mark Cazalet's triptych Three Johannine Miracles, the Blind Man

Readings: 5th Sunday of Lent

When working as a hospital chaplain, I will never forget the screams of a young girl, taken by her family to see her father who had just died from a horrible cancer. For people who had seen his suffering, death was a relief, but, for her, a scream of anguish was the only appropriate response. Death is real.

Thu 24 Apr 14 @ 17:18
What has Christianity ever done for the world, asks @themiltonjones http://t.co/CJL1Y4lsyS

Thu 24 Apr 14 @ 14:50
"Infused by Christianity" - @nick_clegg on the 'Christian country' debate and disestablishment http://t.co/WTlodncSky