It’s worth linking all of these in one place:
Here’s the section of Poems for Holy Saturday from our larger compilation of Poems for Holy Week.
5. Holy Saturday:
- Sepulchre, by George Herbert
- John Keble: Easter Eve
- Emily Polis Gibson: Be Still and Wait
- Emily Polis Gibson: Great Gaps
- Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Truth of Holy Saturday: Only the wound is there
- Upon our Saviour’s Tomb, wherein never man was laid.
- Easter Night, Alice Meynell
- We Simply Have to Wait, John Harrell
- The Stones (excerpt), by Wendell Barry
- A Fitting Silence, Emily Polis Gibson
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)
- A Good Friday Hymn #1: Alas and Did my Savior Bleed
- Good Friday Quotes: Charles Spurgeon – I Slew Him
- One Brutal Death…. today’s Good Friday devotional from Desiring God
- A Hymn for Good Friday #2: O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done
- Good Friday 2014 around the blogosphere
- Patrick Comerford’s Sermons on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
- Good Friday related entries from the King’s English blog
- A Poem for Good Friday – Amy Carmichael: Lest We Forget
- Hymns for Good Friday #3: Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended
- A Baroque “Shape Poem” for Good Friday: On the Crucified Jesus
- For Good Friday: 3 tracks from Max Lucado’s He Chose the Nails
- Classic CCM for Good Friday: Christian Stephens – Song of the Cross
- Good Friday Hymns #4: In Evil Long I Took Delight (John Newton) / The Look (adaptation by Bob Kauflin)
- Various Scriptures Prayed [my colleague Torre's post with personal prayer responses to the lectionary Scripture readings for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Thanks Torre for always pointing us to the need to hear, respond to and obey the Scriptures!]
- DEAD! The Author of Life lies in a tomb….
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
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
Here are the Palm Sunday entries at some of the blogs and websites I read with some regularity…
- Anglican Mainstream: Holy Week Meditations: 13 April – Palm Sunday
- Angliverse: Fourth Day
- Barnstorming: Listening to Lent — Every Stone Shall Cry
- Biola’s Lent Project site Palm Sunday entry (April 13)
- Cranmer blog: A prophet on a donkey?
- Desiring God: The Problem of Palm Sunday
- Godspace: A Prayer for Palm Sunday 2014 (a lovely original prayer by Christine Sine)
- Incline Your Heart: Palm Sunday 2014 [Pat has posted a wonderful hymn by William Cowper]
- Incline Your Heart: Ride On ! Ride On In Majesty-King’s College
- Patrick Comerford: Art for Lent (40): ‘Entry into the City’(2012), by John August Swanson
- Prydain: For Palm Sunday: a reading from “The Epistle to Diognetus”
- Scotty Smith’s Heavenward blog: A Prayer for Palm Sunday
- St. Peter’s Tallahassee: Christ’s Example of Humility
- TitusOneNine (Kendall Harmon):
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!
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).
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
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
Eden & Maundy Thursday – from the Confessing Reader blog [reflection on a section of Milton's Paradise Lost]
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:
- Lenten Reflection–The Flooded Path
- Listening to Lent — Whiter Than Snow
- Listening to Lent – Have Mercy
- Listening to Lent — Such a Life
- Listening to Lent — Love to the Loveless
- Lenten Grace — Be Still and Wait
- Lenten Grace — We Must Choose
- Lenten Grace — Wilderness Waiting
- Lenten Grace — Great Gaps
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:
- The Project Canterbury Website – the GO TO site on the web for Anglican History. Here’s the Poetry category.
- Lectionary Central: If you open their pages for various Sundays of Lent, or Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and scroll down the LEFT HAND SIDEBAR, you will find links to various liturgical poems (Donne, Keble, etc.)
- Kendall Harmon frequently posts Poems linked to liturgical seasons at TitusOneNine. Here’s his Lent category. Here’s his Holy Week category
- And finally, there’s always Poets.org, 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.
Yesterday 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.
The 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…)
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: