Kendall Harmon’s wealth of Holy Saturday entries

April 19, 2014

It’s worth linking all of these in one place:

From the Morning Scripture Readings

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (I)

An In-between Moment

In the End A Sort of Quietness

Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Truth of Holy Saturday: Only the wound is there

With this death which makes of the dead….dead human beings in all reality

The Transition

(RNS) What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (II)

Jesus Christ was Buried

Softer Quiet, Stunning Stillness

Eugene Peterson on Holy Saturday

Music for Holy Saturday: Let all mortal flesh keep silence from Somerville College, Oxford’s Choir

Mark Judge: The Day After

Upon our Saviour’s Tomb, wherein never man was laid.

George Weigel on Holy Saturday—The King is Sleeping

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (III)

God knows our dying From the Inside

Joel Garver on the 20th century’s greatest Theologian of Holy Saturday

We Simply Have to Wait

Andy Alexander S.J.: A Reflection for Holy Saturday

The Sound is Rarely Heard

In the silence of this night…we live in the hope of the dawn of the third day

Poems for Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014

Here’s the section of Poems for Holy Saturday from our larger compilation of Poems for Holy Week.

5. Holy Saturday:

Lent and Beyond: Good Friday 2014 Index

April 18, 2014

I (Karen) have had the joy and privilege of being able to take a Holy Week retreat the past 2 days, which enabled me to find a a lot of wonderful devotional material online to share here.  I never expected to post so many entries today, but I have been so thankful to spend the day in worship, prayer and reflection through the various devotionals, hymns, poems, etc. that I’ve posted.  Here’s an index of all our Good Friday posts today, starting with the earliest entries first.

  • GOOD FRIDAY 2014 (the header post which appeared at the top of the blog throughout the day with several key links)



After the posting of “DEAD!” at 20:00 GMT this evening, I won’t post anything further until 16:00 GMT tomorrow (noon Eastern) [Jill or Torre may perhaps post some entries, however].  I’ve scheduled five posts for Holy Saturday tomorrow afternoon and evening.  I’ve so enjoyed devotional blogging this Lent and Holy Week.  I hope to be able to continue posting with some frequency throughout the 50 Days of Easter.  Stay tuned….

I and all of us here at Lent & Beyond wish a blessed Good Friday, Holy Saturday and a GLORIOUS Easter to all our readers and friends.  - Karen B.  L&B founder

Major update & reorganization of our Index of Holy Week posts

April 14, 2014

I’ve just finished a long-overdue project:  reorganizing and update our index / compilation of Holy Week entries from the past few years.

Holy Week: Index of Holy Week devotionals, prayers, quotes and resources here at Lent & Beyond

It may not be entirely complete yet, I’m still checking to make sure whether entries prior to 2010 are all listed, but it has probably 80 – 100 entries listed, re-organized by day.  So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and browse through the listings to find prayers, devotionals, music, poems, etc. which will enrich your Holy Week and help you focus on Christ in the midst of the busyness of ordinary life.

20 Worship Songs for Palm Sunday (Contemporary)

April 14, 2014

I’m not going to be able to upload all 20 of these songs tonight, but I thought I could at least post the details of 20 worship songs that are part of my 2014 Palm Sunday playlist – songs focusing largely on Christ’s kingship and majesty, several exhorting us to praise Him “before the rocks cry out,” and several focusing on His humility.  Unless otherwise noted, all the links are to the iTunes US store.  They’re in somewhat random order…  Enjoy!

Majesty of Heaven Chris Tomlin. from And If Our God Is for Us (2010), 4:45

The Splendor of a King (How Great Is Our God), Chris Tomlin.  from Arriving (2004), 4:27

King of Glory, Chris Tomlin. from Arriving (2004), 3:08

Glorious, Chris Tomlin & Christy Nockels. from Passion: Everything Glorious (2006), 5:25

The Lord Reigns, Gateway Worship.  from The First 10 Years Collection (2013), 4:12

The Glory of Our King, Matt Redman. from We Shall Not Be Shaken (2009), 4:27

You Reign, MercyMe.  from All That Is Within Me (2008),  3:50

The Lord Reigns, from Revival at Brownsville, (1996) 3:35

Sing to The King, Ross Parsley. from I Am Free (2005), 4:44

King Of Glory, Sandi Patty. from Morning Like This (1986) 2:38

King of Glory. Third Day. from Offerings: A Worship Album (2000) 6:23

Messiah. Twila Paris. from He Is Exalted (2005) 4:44

Oh Deliverer, Matthew Ward. from The Maranatha! Singers Hosanna – 15 Songs Of Freedom (1989), 2:34

Shout For Joy. Lincoln Brewster. from Real Life (2010) 4:32

Before the rocks cry out. [link is to a YouTube audio] Tim Sheppard from I Am Determined (1980) 4:03

Ain’t No Rock. Urban Hope from PMAC Yesterday & Today (2005) 3:04

Crown Him (Majesty) [feat. Kari Jobe], Chris Tomlin. from Burning Lights (2013)

Humble King. Vineyard Music (Kathryn Scott). from Hungry (2001) 4:46

Meekness and Majesty. Graham Kendrick from The Very Best of Graham Kendrick – Knowing You Jesus (2010) 3:38

The Servant King. Graham Kendrick from The Very Best of Graham Kendrick – Knowing You Jesus (2010) 4:55

This Kingdom. Hillsong. from Shout to the Lord With Hillsong Music Australia (1996) 5:46

Palm Sunday around the blogosphere…

April 13, 2014

Here are the Palm Sunday entries at some of the blogs and websites I read with some regularity…

Palm Sunday 2014 entries at Lent & Beyond

April 13, 2014

palm-branch-crossI’ve been enjoying posting a whole bunch of Palm Sunday entries today.  Here’s a list of everything I’ve posted for Palm Sunday:

For Palm Sunday entries from prior years, check out our Palm Sunday compilation, or browse through our Palm Sunday category.

An Excellent Overview of Holy Week (from an Anglican perspective)

April 13, 2014

Many of our regular readers will be familiar with Patrick Comerford’s blog which I link with some regularity.  He is a priest in the Church of Ireland (Anglican), Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.   He typically posts good series of devotionals and blog entries in Advent and Lent.  I first discovered his blog through his Lenten poems series a few years ago.

While reviewing that Lenten poetry series in putting together my compilations of Holy Week poems and Good Friday poems, I came across a post he wrote in 2010 which gives an excellent overview of Holy Week history and observance from an Anglican perspective,  I highly recommend it!

A journey together through Holy Week

Here’s his section on Palm Sunday:

Sunday of Holy Week (Palm Sunday):

Holy Week begins with the Sixth and last Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday, which recalls Christ’s Triumphant entry into Jerusalem of Christ on the Sunday before his Passion and death (see Matthew 21: 1-11; Mark 11: 1-11; Luke 19: 28-44; John 12: 12-19).

In many churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves, often tied in the shape of crosses, and by dramatised readings of the Passion Narrative in one of the Four Gospels. In Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Sunday morning, we began with the Blessing of the Palms in the Cloister Garth, along with the Gospel reading (Luke 19: 28-40). Then, back inside the cathedral, instead of a sermon we had and a dramatised reading of the Passion Narrative (Luke 22: 14 – 23: 56) from the pulpit.

The Gospels tell us that, before entering Jerusalem, Christ was staying at Bethany and Bethphage. The Gospel according to Saint John adds that he had dinner with Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha.

While he was there, he sent two disciples to the neighbouring village to retrieve a donkey that was tied up but had never been ridden. Christ then rode the donkey into Jerusalem. As he rode into Jerusalem, the people lay down their cloaks in front of him, and also lay down the small branches of trees. The people sang part of Psalm 118: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118: 26; Matthew 21: 9; Mark 11: 9; Luke 19: 38; John 12: 13).

On Palm Sunday, in many Anglican churches, palm fronds and palm substitutes – or sometimes substitutes, such as yew cuttings – are blessed outside the church, and the blessing is followed by a procession into the church. In some churches, children are given palms and then walk in procession around the inside of the church while the adults remain seated.

The palm leaves or palm crosses are often saved to be burned the following year to use as ashes used on Ash Wednesday.

The liturgical colour has changed from violet to red, indicating the supreme redemptive sacrifice Christ was entering into as he entered the city of his Passion and Resurrection.

The Collect of the Day:

Almighty and everlasting God,
who, in your tender love towards the human race,
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
Grant that we may follow the example
of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Post-Communion Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation.
Give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Go read the full entry.    There are entries for each day of the week including the readings, and the daily collects (prayers).



Resources for Celebrating Holy Week with Kids

April 6, 2014

I’m so glad Christine Sine at Godspace pulled together a compilation of Holy Week family activities, as it’s not something I have time to do this year.  GO CHECK IT OUT!

I really like the Easter Story Cookies


One family -focused link I did come across recently and bookmarked is this blog entry from 2011:  Celebrating Holy Week with your kids.  Ideas and resources posted there include:

  • a Holy Week “Jesse tree” – ideas for ornaments and short devotions (Scripture verses) for each day of Holy Week
  • Some books / stories from Focus on the Family
  • Some recipes

Poems for Good Friday

April 3, 2014

Updated: April 4, 2014

The poems below are in somewhat random order.  I’ll probably work to reorganize them soon.  But in the meantime, here’s a good list of poems for Good Friday.  I’ve also created a separate compilation of poems for Holy Week.

Note: for any of the entries from the Rev’d Patrick Comerford’s blog, you generally have to scroll down within the entry to find the poem, as each of his Lenten Poetry series also included background about the poet and reflection on the themes of the poem.


The Cross, by John Donne

John Keble, Good Friday

‘Holy Cross,’ by Sir Shane Leslie

‘East Coker’ (1943), by TS Eliot

Good Friday, by George Herbert

‘Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward,’ by John Donne [Lent 2012];  See also here for addtional reflections on this poem [Lent 2013]

Beneath Thy Cross, by Christina Rossetti

‘I see His Blood Upon the Rose,’ by Joseph Mary Plunkett

The Passion, by George Herbert

The Agony, by George Herbert

The Agony, George Herbert

The Sacrifice, (Was Ever Grief Like Mine) George Herbert

How shall I measure out thy bloud?, George Herbert

For I the Lord have slain (In Evil Long I Took Delight), John Newton

The Carpenter’s Son, A. E. Housman

All in an April Evening by Katharine Tynan

It is a thing most wonderful, by William Walsham How

Barnfloor and Winepress, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

I saw the Sun at Midnight, by Joseph Mary Plunkett

Christine F. Nordquist “Eden Inversed”

Emily Polis Gibson:  We Must Choose

Emily Polis Gibson:  The Bud of the Wood

Emily Polis Gibson: Rather Be a Hammer

Christians and Pagans, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in July 1944

Indifference, by GA Studdert Kennedy

Battlefield, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Mercy’s Robes, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Firstfruits, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Moriah’s Song, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Piecring the Soul (excerpts from three different poems about Mary at the Cross, compiled by Emily Pollis Gibson)

Jesus of the Scars, by Edward Shillito

John Piper:  The Book of Life

John Piper:  Joseph of Arimathea part 1, Joseph of Arimathea part 2

John Piper: Justified (the thief on the cross)

Salvator Mundi: Via Crucis, Denise Levertov

Looking at Stars, Jane Kenyon

Friday’s Child, WH Auden

The Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot (East Coker, IV)

A poem in German with translation:  Uber den gekreutzigten JESUS, by Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg (On the crucified Jesus).  An alternate translation is here.

The Dream of the Rood (from the 7th century)

Latayne C. Scott:  3 Holy Week Poems

The Cross, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (translated from Spanish)

The Tree of Life, by Robert Buchanan

Amy Carmichael, A Carol  [Also known as "Two Bethlehems, Three Crosses"]

Amy Carmichael:  Lest We Forget

Amy Carmichael:  Love’s Eternal Wonder

Amy Carmichael: Toward Jerusalem

Amy Carmichael:  The Sign


See also our compilation of poems for Holy Week,

as well as our more general post with poems for Lent and links to sites featuring liturgically-themed poetry.

Poems for Holy Week

April 3, 2014

The poems in each section below are in somewhat random order.  I’ll probably work to reorganize them soon.  But in the meantime, here’s a good list of poesm for Holy Week (generally), Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday.  I’m posting a separate compilation of poems for Good Friday.

Note: for any of the entries from the Rev’d Patrick Comerford’s blog, you generally have to scroll down within the entry to find the poem, as each of his Lenten Poetry series also included background about the poet and reflection on the themes of the poem.


1. General poems on Holy Week & Christ’s Passion


2. Palm Sunday:


 3. Maundy Thursday:


 4. Good Friday: 

See our separate compilation of Good Friday poems, here.


5. Holy Saturday:



See also our compilation of poems for Good Friday, as well as our more general post with poems for Lent and links to sites featuring liturgically-themed poetry.

Poems for Lent; and Links to Some Good Websites for Lent, Holy Week and Good Friday poems

April 2, 2014

During Lent we have had many many visitors coming to our site looking for poems for Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Week…  I confess that posting poetry has not been my strong suit, particularly as I find that somehow poetry and the internet don’t always go together well.  Poetry is something to savor and reflect on slowly.  Blogging and the internet is often rushed.  Glance quickly, click and move on…  But since so many are eager for good poems, and since I love it when we can point people to good resources, I thought I’d try to at least round up a list of some poems we’ve posted over the years and also provide links to some other good poetry resouces.

The poems linked below mostly focus on Lenten themes.   The links listed in the second section, however, will contain many good poems for Holy week and Good Friday and Easter as well.


Here is a compilation of poems for Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday & Holy Saturday.

Here is a compilation of poems for Good Friday.


1. Poems we’ve posted here at Lent & Beyond

“The Lenten Call” – a poem by Teresa Roberts Johnson

John Donne: An excerpt from Good Friday. 1613. Riding Westward.

Bitter Herbs – A poem for Maundy Thursday

A Poem for Palm Sunday: GK Chesterton’s “The Donkey”

Miserere mei, Deus: Music and poetry for a Lenten Friday

Several Lent Poems by George Herbert

The Agony and the Sinner: Two Lenten Poems by George Herbert

The Poetry of George Herbert set to music…

First Things: two Ash Wednesday meditations on the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Christina Rossetti

George Herbert: Confession

George Herbert: On Repentance

Eden & Maundy Thursday – from the Confessing Reader blog [reflection on a section of Milton's Paradise Lost]

Encouagement for Lent: John Donne’s Wilt Thou Forgive?

George Herbert – Lord instruct us to improve our fast

William Cowper: Jehovah Our Righteousness

Charles Wesley – Make My Heart a House of Prayer


 2. Other sites and links to find excellent poems linked to the liturgical season

The Rev. Patrick Comerford’s 2012 Lenten Poems series (He posted a poem a day throughout Lent & Holy Week.  Browse the series and you’ll find excellent poems, as well as background information and reflections on the poems.).  Here also is his general Poetry category.

A few of my favorites:


=> Emily Polis Gibson’s website Barnstorming. Emily writes lots of orginial poetry and frequently quotes poems as well.  All accompanied by stunning photographs and soul-nourishing reflections.   A few favorites:


=> Teresa Robert Johnson’s website:  Angliverse

Teresa has written some excellent poems on the themes of the Liturgical year.  I’ve posted several here at L&B in past years, and expect to be posting several more in Holy Week.    Check out her categories for Lent and Holy Week


A few other links:

  • And finally, there’s always, a very well-designed site.  You can search by Poet, by Poem, or using Advanced Search, you can search by theme or key word.  Note however that there are NO options to search for poems on the themes related to Holy Week, Good Friday, the Cross, etc.   The religious poetry at this site is quite limited.

A Holy Week Worship Musical – Max Lucado He Chose the Nails

April 2, 2014

He_Chose_Nails_CDYesterday I posted about the Amazon special offer on Max Lucado’s excellent devotional book He Chose the Nails, and mentioned that when the book was first released in 2000, there was also an accompanying music CD released.  The CD is out of print and I cannot find many online versions of the songs, so I am uploading my original CD here for our readers enjoyment.

While I enjoy the whole CD, I most HIGHLY recommend tracks 10 – 15.  They are just OUTSTANDING, especially Track #12 Thread of Scarlet.  Don’t miss a chance to hear this truly wonderful worship song.


Major update of our Palm Sunday compilation of prayers, devotionals, etc.

April 1, 2014

It was only in 2012 that I created a separate Palm Sunday category.  But I never found the time to go back and recategorize many of our past Palm Sunday entries so that they would show up in a category search.

Similarly, I had not remembered or found time to update our compilation of Palm Sunday devotionals, prayers, poems, and resources. 

Tonight I’ve done that.  I’ve added more than a dozen entries from previous years to our Palm Sunday compilation.  Go check it out!


Kindle Ebook Deal: Max Lucado, He Chose the Nails

April 1, 2014

HeChoseNailsThe Kindle version of Max Lucado’s excellent devotional book on Christ’s Passion, He Chose the Nails, is currently available for a special price of $2.99 at Amazon. (Not sure for how long the price is valid…)

Here’s the link.

I read it some years ago and really appreciated it.

There was also a live musical and accompanying CD put together in 2000 drawing from the texts of Lucado’s work, featuring many excellent CCM artists (Twila Paris, Kim Hill, Natalie Grant, SonicFlood, Wes King…)  If you’re a fan of contemporary Christian worship music, it’s excellent listening for Holy Week.  I particularly love Wes King’s song The Thread of Scarlet.  Unfortunately, the CD seems to be out of print.  Maybe I can upload my copy of the CD here for our readers to enjoy.

Stay tuned…   In any case, even without the music, the book is great!

UPDATE:  I’ve uploaded my CD and you can enjoy several devotionals from the book and the accompanying musical selections.  Here’s the post with the embedded playlist: 

A Holy Week Worship Musical – Max Lucado He Chose the Nails



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