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Matt Maher has released a load of reflections for the Easter period. They seem really good. The first one is below and the rest can be found fairly easily by clicking around Youtube. You might wonder why I am posting this in July rather than at Easter, and it's a good question. The answer is that I have a poor memory and will almost certainly lose it by next Easter unless I post in in the right category now!! So, here you go...
Another great video from Busted Halo
Since we don't have to give anything up for Easter, it's a lot easier than Lent to forget when it actually ends and to assume that it just sort of fades away after a few weeks. As we all know though, Easter is actually longer than Lent and I always thing that the fact we don't make more of the whole Easter Season is one of the great missed opportunities in the Catholic Church. Sadly, one of many.
Anyway, this is all a preamble to my pointing out an article which appeared on the website of the Catholic Herald a few weeks back. It was called How the disciples' alarm at the Risen Lord became a joy so great it left them dumbfounded. Okay, so it's not exactly a snappy title, but it's a really good piece by Bishop David McGough. here's a slice...
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Busted Halo has an interesting article about the women at Jesus' tomb and the Resurrection Women of today. Here's a slice:
Go, read the rest...
Oh, and b the way, the article isn't actually called Easter Girls. That's my title. I think it's catchy though!
Easter is more than just a single day — it's 50! Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss the difference between the Easter season and Lent. Because this Church season is longer than Lent it shows the emphasis in our faith on the great goodness and mercy of God, new life and resurrection. The Season of Resurrection calls us into the deeper mystery of God and all God is doing in the world today. Happy Easter Season!
[If you can't see the player for the podcast below, head over to the Busted Halo page...]
Interesting article from LifeTeen.com. Here's a slice:
Go, read the rest...
Okay, okay, I know it's Easter now, but we've still got a backlog of Lent & Holy Week stuff, and since I'm sure it will still be useful next year, we're gonna post a little bit of it. Like this, for instance, from the BBC...
A contemporary retelling of the last hours of the life of Jesus has been televised live from Preston.
The Preston Passion combined live performance, music and pre-recorded drama, broadcast live from the city centre.
Fern Britton hosted the event and introduced three short pre-recorded dramas, shown simultaneously on a big screen in Preston and on BBC One.
All three dramas were filmed around the North West.
'Spectacle to feast on'
Documentaries were themed around the Passion of Christ, with inspiration drawn from the real lives of Preston residents, now and in the past.
The three documentaries culminated in a live extravaganza, featuring thousands of residents.
The production was directed by Mark Murphy who worked on Liverpool's 2008 Capital of Culture opening ceremony.
In addition to local choirs singing traditional Easter music, large-scale choreographed crowd movements across the city created "human crosses".
There were also contemporary dance pieces and traditional local brass band music.
To close Preston Passion's live programme of performance, Mobo award-winning singer Jamelia performed Candy Staton's gospel classic You Got The Love.
Britton described the performance as "very, very moving".
"There are so many different parts and all of us have been working on it individually, and then yesterday we saw it all come together and it's incredible."
In case you were wondering, ahead of tomorrow, Rome Reports comes to the rescue...
Tomorrow in Rome, Pope Benedict will again lead reflections on the way of the Cross at the Colosseum. The Vatican announced March 15 that the pope had asked Danilo and Annamaria Zanzucchi to write the meditations, which are read over loudspeakers as a cross is carried through and around the Colosseum on Good Friday. Along with Chiara Lubich, the late founder of the Focolare Movement, the Zanzucchis launched the New Families project in 1967 to strengthen families and encourage their spiritual growth and social commitment. New Families now claims some 300,000 members around the world.
You can view the full texts at CatholicYouthMinistry.com - a great resource.
Every so often, we spot something on a website somewhere which we think it just awesome, and thanks to Busted Halo, that's just happened again!
Busted Halo have produced a series of videos for the Stations of the Cross. In fact, they've produced a video (About 2-3 mins each) for every single station. This is an absolutely fantastic resource. Here's the first one.
The rest are all here.
I've just been reading an interesting piece on BustedHalo.com about giving up Facebook for Lent. Here's a slice...
I'm not sure what I think about giving up Facebook for Lent. I don't think I like the idea, simply because it cuts you off from people and I don't think that's a good thing. Nevertheless, it's an interesting piece.
CatholicNews.org.uk has an interesting podcast...
The Brilliant LifeTeen.com has a piece asking if you feel like you've failed this Lent. It's aimed at young people, but will probably ring true for a lot of us too!
Go, read the rest...
I've just been reading about this on Doug Franklin's site. Here's the blurb...
This free lesson will help you effectively teach students about the significance of sacrifice in the Christian faith. In the days and weeks leading up to Easter, it is common for us to focus on Christ's ultimate sacrifice, yet it is also an important time to examine our own hearts, to see if we are truly leading a life of significant sacrifice, one that brings honor to Christ. We hope this lesson helps you in this process.
It's not a Catholic resource, so be certain to check it through before using it. You can download it here.
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