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Maundy Thursday 2014: History And Traditions

Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Maundy Thursday is observed by Christians on the Thursday before Easter, which falls this year on April 17. "Holy Thursday," as it is also commonly kn...

Hosanna! Celebrating Palm Sunday

Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion

Palm Sunday is a Christian holy day that marks the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates Jesus' entry into the city of Jerusalem. In 2014, Palm Sund...

Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

John Shore | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
John Shore

Because the Christian year is rooted in the liturgical observances of ancient Judaism, it should not surprise us that over the centuries different strains of Christianity have developed different variations on the Christian year.

Easter: A Moveable Feast

William Grassie | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

This year Easter will be celebrated on March 31, but in 2014 it will occur on April 20. The reason has to do with the mismatch between the periodicity of the sun and the moon and the long history of human efforts to create a reliable and consistent calendar.

The History Of The Modern Calendar In Under 4 Minutes

Posted 01.02.2012 | Home

For all you curious people wondering why the new year always falls on January 1, here's a history of the modern calendar as compiled by some kind YouT...

The Way Of The Cross: Following Jesus' Passion And Mourning Suffering Today

Rosemarie Pace | Posted 06.21.2011 | Religion
Rosemarie Pace

One of the largest Ways of the Cross occurs in New York City on Good Friday as a public procession that recalls Jesus' passion and mourns His continued suffering in people today

The Mysteries Of The Last Supper And Jesus' Final Days

Colin Humphreys | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Colin Humphreys

Bible readers throughout history have noticed discrepancies in the Gospel accounts. The fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal.

Maundy Thursday Explained

Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion

Maundy Thursday is observed by Christians on the Thursday before Easter. "Holy Thursday," as it is also commonly known, marks the Last Supper of Jesus...

A Different Palm Sunday Shout

David A. Davis | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
David A. Davis

Instead of looking down the Palm Sunday road and shouting "Hosanna!" you can look around and shout, "No, this isn't it!" This isn't God's way. This can't be it! No, this isn't it.

Palm Sunday 2011: What You Need To Know

Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion

Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that marks the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates Jesus' triumphant return to the city of Jerusalem. In 2011, Pa...

Why Churches Should Stop Making A Big Deal Out Of Easter Worship

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Yes, Easter is an important celebration in the life of the church, but I would posit that God might be more pleased if we approached this Easter time in our worship life a little differently.

Happy Saint Benedict's Day

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

There is one thing Benedict teaches us before all other possible insights about the spiritual life and that is this: God is with us.

God On Lent: 'Umm, I Didn't Ask You To Give Up Coffee. I Asked You To Give Up Your Life'

Eugene Cho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eugene Cho

I don't want to knock those who give stuff up. In fact, I understand the significance of self-denial, but if we're not careful, we can so easily just fall into religious practice for the sake of religious practice.

The Uncomfortable Individualism Of Lent

David A. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David A. Davis

Lent and the temptation of Jesus. It's not about our morality, our piety, or our doing battle with the devil. It is about claiming our identity as God's people and soaking in Christ's wisdom.

A Smudge Of Ashes

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

It was that smudge of ashes that reminded me of things I had learned in my earliest days of Sunday School, and at the same time told me that now I was in startling new territory.

Ash Wednesday And Lent: Beginning Again Always

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is not about penance. Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You To Be Alive)

Kent Annan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Annan

Each Ash Wednesday, if you go to a church that does this sort of thing, a version of "memento mori" happens when you go to your knees and a cross of ashes is marked on your forehead.

The Trouble (And Blessing) Of Lent

David Lose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Lose

If Lent is in trouble, it's only because we're in trouble, so busy trying to make or keep or save our lives that we fail to notice that God has already saved us and has already freed us.

Into The Looming Dark Of Lent

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

The Greeks have a word for the strange mixture of dispositions that characterizes the spirit of Great Lent; the notion is spoken of as "bright sadness" or "sorrowful joy."

The Sacredness Of Time: Understanding The Christian Calendar

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Since ancient times, Christians have used the Christian calendar (also called the liturgical year) to orient themselves to the two most significant seasons in the yearly Christian cycle of time: Christmas and Easter.