Rejoice with us! We reached the 1 million page views milestone!

April 7, 2015

On Good Friday, we often get our highest blog traffic of the year. (Ash Wednesday and the first Sunday of Advent are also very high traffice days for Lent & Beyond.)   This year was no exception…  All the visitors during Holy Week and Good Friday pushed us over the 1 million page view mark!  Thanks to all who read L&B and have encouraged Jill, me, and Torre in this ministry.  We hope and pray it has been and continues to be a blessing to many!



Working on a compilation of Eastertide resouces…. will post tomorrow

April 7, 2015

I’ve started a draft entry with links to Eastertide (Easter season) resources in order to help us all truly celebrate the full 50 day Easter season.  That should post around 07:00 Eastern (11:00 GMT) tomorrow (Wed).

We’d welcome comments with ideas, links and resources… THANKS!

REMEMBER…. Easter is a 50 day season!


UPDATE:  The Eastertide Links and Resources Compilation is now posted.  It’s long… 50+ links!  Enjoy!

Eastertide – an invitation to cling to Jesus

April 7, 2015

A Great reflection on Eastertide (history and what it means for us as Christians…) by Porter C. Taylor at the liturgicaltheologian blog.  Here’s an excerpt:

Second, Eastertide is another invitation to tell time differently.

Rather than telling time according to the Julian or Gregorian calendar, or based on sporting events, or holidays or family celebrations, the church tells time according to her corporate memory of God’s acts of salvation. Sure, May 14, 2015 is a lovely date but the Feast of the Ascension has far greater meaning. Remembering Eastertide means we remember the Resurrection and Pentecost; it means we remember Passover and Shavu’ot; it means we remember God’s actions and ongoing activity in his world.

Third, we can and should cling to Jesus.

When Mary Magdalene encountered the Risen Lord in John 20 she was told to not hold onto him. Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father,” (John 20:17). We however are on the other side of the Ascension and can cling to Jesus. In fact, I think we should see the season of Eastertide as an invitation to cling to the Risen Lord! The post-resurrection accounts of Jesus show him teaching his disciples and followers the meaning of the Scriptures, how the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms had been fulfilled, and how he was leaving them with peace.

As we await the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, may we cling to Jesus with joy and gratitude for all he has done.


An Easter Adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Kelley Mooney and Choir

April 7, 2015

I discovered this song online yesterday.  It’s the third entry that shows up when one types “Easter Music” into the Google search bar.

It’s lovely, and there’s a wonderful story behind the song.  Kelley Mooney is a Roman Catholic singer and songwriter in Canada.  Her parish priest had heard Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” and thought it might make a good song for Kelley to sing in church for Easter.  She became troubled that the lyrics might not be so appropriate for church worship, so she wrote a modified version focused on the narrative of Christ’s passion and resurrection.   Kudos to her, she contacted the publishers for copyright to use Leonard Cohen’s music, and then it was first recorded with her singing with a school choir.  She later published a CD with the song.   The video of her singing with the choir has gone viral – 8 million plus views on GodTube and nearly 3 million on YouTube!  Wow.

Below is the GodTube version of the song.  It’s also available on You Tube.   Here is Kelley Mooney’s website, and here is the link to purchase the recording of her singing the song  (via iTunes).

Here are the lyrics:

Hallelujah by Kelly Mooney
Adapted to the music of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

“A crown of thorns placed on His head
He knew that He would soon be dead
He said did you forget me Father did you?
They nailed Him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

He hung His head and prepared to die
Then lifted His face up to the sky
Said I am coming home now Father to you
A reed which held His final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said truly this was Jesus Christ our Savior
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ and Lord
Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

Took from his head the thorny crown
And wrapped him in a linen gown
And laid him down to rest inside the tomb
The holes in his hands, his feet and side
Now in our hearts we know he died
To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)
Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

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