Easter around the Blogosphere 2015

April 5, 2015

I ended up with a bit of unexpected free time between Easter gatherings today, so I took a few moments to glance at some favorite blogs and websites and their Easter offerings.  Here are a few links & excerpts.  (In most cases I’ve just posted a snippet of various entries, so click on the link to view the full post.)

Scotty Smith’s Easter Sunday prayer:

Because of your resurrection, we’re less to be pitied than anybody, and more to be grateful than everybody (1 Cor. 15:14-19). You are the firstfruits and guarantee of a whole new order—the “new creation” dominion of redemption and restoration. Everything sad will come untrue, and all things broken will be made new. How we long for that Day!

     Because of your resurrection, you are already reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords. All evil dominions, wicked authorities, and malevolent powers now stand defeated, and one Day they will be fully eradicated. Hallelujah, many times over!

     Jesus, your death is the death of death, and your resurrection is the resurrection of all things. You died for our sins and have been raised for our justification. Oh, the wonder, marvel and gratitude that fills our hearts today. We are forgiven, we are beloved, and we are yours!

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Trevin Wax:  My Jesus – Alive!

(I was deeply moved by Trevin’s “My Jesus – Dead!” entry, which I posted here in full on Good Friday.  This is the follow up.  It’s FANTASTIC.  Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing!)

He is alive! This man from Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, the Lord of the world.

With the breath of creation, He speaks of peace, faith, and mission.

With lungs full of air, He breathes on His disciples and grants His Spirit. My Jesus – alive!

The eyes that saw the darkness of death now drink in the sunlight of Easter. My Jesus – alive!

The arms that hung from a cross of wood now embrace a a world of grief. My Jesus – alive!

The hands that bear the scars of love now lift the head of doubters. My Jesus – alive!

The ears that were deafened by death are now filled with the joy of God’s people. My Jesus – alive!

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Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming:  In the Midst of Joy – Everything Sad Becoming Untrue

And so we awake, rush to tend the dead and find death emptied out.  He is standing, walking, eating, calling us by name.  What He came to us to accomplish is done: nothing is the same and everything is changed.  We need no longer hide in darkness, fear death,  dwell in loneliness,  starve and thirst, despair in impossible situations because only He can do the impossible.

Because everything sad has become untrue by His bravery, His endurance, His sacrifice for our salvation.

All is fresh and made new.
Christ, yes God become man, Christ is risen indeed!

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Biola’s Lent Project Site:  – includes an amazing live rendition of Matt Maher’s Christ is Risen

The music selection for today is Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes from Maher’s Alive Again album (2011). This song is not only a musical celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it is also an invitation for us to let the resurrected Christ change our lives. The chorus in particular, after noting that Christ has trampled over death, continues with the summons for us to “come awake,” to be changed by the risen Christ, to “come and rise up from the grave” with Him. So also the musical bridge invites us to remember the life-changing power of the resurrection: “O church, come stand in the light. Our God is not dead; He’s alive! He’s alive!” And this changes everything.

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Malcolm GuiteA Sonnet for Easter Dawn

XV Easter Dawn

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.

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Kendall Harmon, of course, has a great wealth of entries (poems, music, meditations) for Easter at TitusOneNine.  Here’s his Easter Category link.

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Pat Dague at Incline Your Heart (and Transfigurations):  Morning Breaks Upon the Tomb, a poem by William Collyer

Positive Infinity blog has a nice version of Hail Thee Festival Day

Anglicans Ablaze: A Medley of Easter Hymns and Carols [Videos]

Patrick Comerford:  ‘Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen’

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ok, that’s it for now…  I might be able to add some more entries in a few hours.   A blessed Easter to all.

Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!

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Easter Quotes: Ann Voskamp – the Cornerstone of Christianity

April 27, 2014

And all the people in need, in desperate need, in broken need,

whisper it like a breaking dawn in the dark,

He is risen indeed, indeed, indeed.

 

and the cornerstone of Christianity

is this rotting cell sparking,

a heart valve quivering in the pitch,

a beetle scratching in the black while

convex chest cavity shudders,

sunken death inflating with His hot breath,

atoms of the second Adam recreating

resurrecting

all the impossible things and the universe.

— Ann Voskamp, from her Easter Sunday post at A Holy Experience

 


An Easter Reflection from Emily at Barnstorming: Let Him Easter in Us

April 22, 2014

If I had to name my favorite of all the devotional posts by Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming that I’ve read in the 2 1/2 years since I discovered her blog, I think it would have to be her entry Dayspring to Dimness, which she posted in 2012, and which I then posted here at L&B.   The quotation from Gerard Manley Hopkins, exhorting us to let Christ “easter in us” has stuck with me over the past 2 years, and it is undergirding my resolve to enter fully into this 50 day Easter season and invite Christ to increase His light, His beauty, His truth, His joy in me.  I want to live more in the fullness of His resurrection life!

So… I was excited to see that Emily has again posted Hopkins’ quote, and her reflection on what it means. 

Here’s the key portion of her reflection:

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins

Too often, the bright light of Easter morning dims over time
as I return to my daily routine.
In mere days,
the humdrum replaces the extraordinary,
tragedy overcomes festivity,
darkness overwhelms dawn.

The world encourages this,
I don’t muster enough resistance.
I climb right back into the tomb of my sin,
move the huge stone securely back in place,
and lie there waiting for rot to settle in.

I am not alone. I have plenty of company with me behind the stone.

The stone is pushed aside,
the burden shouldered,
the debt completely paid.

How can we allow the light to dim?

He is risen.

We are eastered beyond imagining.

 

Yes!  Amen!  Hallelujah!!

Oh Lord, continue to Easter in us, transform us.  Let us live in Your resplendent joy and radiance these coming 50 days!

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Romans 8:11:  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.


The Rev. Patrick Comerford’s 2012 Series “Poems for Easter”

April 20, 2014

In 2012, the Rev. Patrick Comerford posted a seven-part series of Poems for Easter.   Here are the links:

Poems for Easter (1): ‘Easter’ by George Herbert

Poems for Easter (2): ‘Easter Wings’ by George Herbert

Poems for Easter (3): ‘Loneliness’ by John Betjeman

Poems for Easter (4): Easter Communion, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems for Easter (5): ‘Easter Poem’ by Ted Walker

Poems for Easter (6): ‘Easter Hymn 6,’ by Tom Wright

Poems for Easter (7): ‘The Easter Day’ by Dionysios Solomos

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As any of our readers who visited Patrick Comerford’s site to read his 2012 Lenten Poem series will know,  each post has detailed background about the poet and the context of the poem, as well as often an anaysis of key themes.  Highly recommended.  I would love to see the Rev’d Comerford do another poetry series!  He clearly loves poetry and he writes about it with passion and great insight.


A Compilation of Easter Poems (a work in progress….!)

April 20, 2014

I have been utterly astounded at the popularity of our Good Friday Poems Compilation during the past week (7000 page views in about 12 days!).  We’ve not historically posted that much poetry here at Lent & Beyond, but as I began seeing many site visitors looking for poetry, I did some searches myself and discovered just how hard it is to find a solid online listing of Christ-honoring poetry – especially compilations of poems for major liturgical seasons and feasts.  I don’t claim to be a poetry expert, but I appreciate good poetry when I find it.  Like music it sometimes helps open my heart to truths of Scripture and truth about God in ways that prose can’t always do.  So… I’ve spent some time in the past few days looking for online poetry anthologies and scouring them for Easter-themed poetry.  I present the poems I’ve discovered below.  Many of them are new to me.  Please consider this a rough draft… I probably will revise and update it over the coming 1 – 2 weeks.  I truly would love comments from those of you who read this post, especially recommendations of poets and poems we’ve missed that should be included.   May these poems help increase in all our hearts the wonder of Christ’s resurrection and deepen our joy in Him.  — Karen B.

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1.  Easter Poems previously posted here at L&B

Another Easter Poem by Emergent Kiwi: Tree of Life

An Easter Poem: Resurrection Door Kicker

A Serbian Easter Poem: Christ is Risen and Brings the Joy!

Easter Poem: George Herbert

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2. Easter Poems found from various sources online:

(these are currently in very random order, as I found them, and there may be duplicates…)

Easter Day,  By Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)

Four Sonnets: IV. “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee”  By John Donne (1573–1631)

John Donne:  Easter Day

A Hymn of the Resurrection  By William Drummond (1585–1649)

The Resurrection  By Giles Fletcher (1588?–1623)

Easter By George Herbert (1593–1633)

Easter, George Herbert (from The Temple)

Ralph Vaughn Williams: Five Mystical Songs

 An Easter Hymn  By Thomas Blackburne (1821–1859)

Sir John Browning: Resurrection

Sarah Flower Adams: “The mourners came at break of day

John Mason Neale: “’Tis the Day of Resurrection

Francis Turner Palgrave:  I am the Resurrection and the Life

John Ellerton: “God of the living

John Ellerton:  “Welcome, happy morning!”

Alexander B. Grosart:  The Resurrection

Thomas Kelly:  “The head that once was crowned with thorns

Thomas Kelly:  “Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious

Elizabeth Charles:  “Around a Table, not a Tomb

Frances Elizabeth Cox:  “Jesus lives! no longer now

Sabine Baring-Gould: “On the Resurrection morning

The Day of Resurrection

Holy Sonnets, VII by John Donne

John Donne:  Resurrection, Imperfect

George Herbert:  Easter Wings

George Herbert:  Easter

George Herbert:  Easter Song

Christina Rossetti:  The Descent from the Cross

Christina Rossetti:  It is Finished

Christina Rossetti:  An Easter Carol

John Donne:  Resurrection

Phillip Brooks:  An Easter Carol

Gerard Manley Hopkins Where Springs Not Fail

John Updike:  Seven Stanzas at Easter

Paul Willis – “Rosing from the Dead”

Edmund Spenser – “Sonnet #68”

Nicholas Samaras – “Easter in the Cancer Ward”

Katharine Tynan – “Easter”

Charles G.D. Roberts – “Resurrection”

John Terpstra – “Topographies of Easter”

A.J.M. Smith – “Beside One Dead”

“Galilee, Easter Day” by Luci Shaw

Amy Carmichael: Cross and Garden

Brother Roger of Taize:  If You Were Not Risen

Easter poems by John Keble (not complete)

Gerard Manley Hopkins:  Easter, and Easter Communion

Sonrise, by Kevin Kummer

On Easter: A Poem of Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (d. AD 600)

Easter Night, Alice Meynell (1847-1922)

From the Rev’d Patrick Comerford’s 2012 Poems for Easter series:

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3.  Additional Easter Poetry Compilations and Resources:

Dont miss also the Eastertide poetry by Teresa Roberts Johnson at Angliverse

Also Emily Polis Gibson’s Easter entries often include poetry

(I will probably compile separate listings of both of these sites and then link those listings here)

Finally, our compilation of Poems for Lent also contains links to various poetry websites where you can find more poems.

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Thanks for putting up with the mess…. I’ll try to put this into some more coherent order soon!


Easter sounds

April 4, 2010

From “Beautiful Morning”–
Morning of resurrection joy,
Day when the Savior rose,
Singing shall greet thy opening hour,
Singing shall mark thy close.

From “The Bells of Hope”–
Ring out, ye merry, merry bells,
Good news to all you bring;
Ring out, ring out, your happy chiming tells
Of Christ our risen King.

From “Angels, Roll the Rock Away”–
Shout, ye seraphs! Gabriel, raise
Fame’s eternal trump of praise.
Let the world’s remotest bound
Hear the joy inspiring sound,
Hear the joy inspiring sound. . . .

Praise Him, ye celestial choirs,
Praise, and sweep your golden lyres,
Shout, O earth, in rapturous song;
Let the strains be sweet and strong,
Let the strains be sweet and strong.

Every note with wonder swell,
Sin o’erthrown, and captived hell,
Where is hell’s once dreaded king?
Where, O death, thy mortal sting?
Where, O death, thy mortal sting?


Another Easter Poem by Emergent Kiwi: Tree of Life

May 2, 2009

The original illustrated post is here.

tree of life

– He saw and believed. They still did not understand.
Easter text by John 20:8-9

The leaves are not yet grown
The colour is not yet shown
The fruit is not yet formed
Yet this is enough

The clothes still are scattered
The disciples still asleep
The gardener still prowls a sin-stained garden
Yet this is enough

Held by you, Who is not here
Who has gone ahead of me
For the life and love, of the world

– Easter words by Steve Taylor


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