Ash Wednesday Words from Merton

"There is confidence everywhere in Ash Wednesday, yet that does not mean unmixed and untroubled security. The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster… Once again, Lent is not just a time for squaring conscious accounts: but… Continue reading Ash Wednesday Words from Merton


Easter Joy and Holy Joking

Lenten worship calls us to carry, ponder and release heavy emotions. We sing sombre hymns of ashes, thorns, tears and blood. We wave palm branches in triumphant welcome. But soon after our hosannas comes the heaviest day of all – that Friday when we dwell on Christ’s pain and what it purchased … when we… Continue reading Easter Joy and Holy Joking


Ash Wednesday

Come on fill the house finally and weep for its king and queen sleep both now in the arms of Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesdays of recent years have always brought to mind singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins 2007 debut album of the same name. This is a folk album by Perkins' own losses--his father (actor Anthony Perkins)… Continue reading Ash Wednesday