The Paschal Sermon

By |2020-04-19T08:24:17-05:00April 19th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Easter|

The Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom is read during Matins of Pascha in the Orthodox Church and in the Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite.  If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy [...]

“Hail, Festive Day”: A Hymn to Easter

By |2020-04-11T00:52:40-05:00April 11th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Easter, Imagination, Michael De Sapio, Music, Senior Contributors|

Hymns are a major source of our imaginative conception of the Christian faith. A good hymn focuses our mind on a memorable cluster of images that illuminate doctrine, preparing us to celebrate the liturgy or providing a respite during it. While the great hymn writers have often taken scripture as their starting point, they have [...]

The Reality of the Resurrection

By |2020-04-09T10:56:07-05:00April 11th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Easter, Gospel Reflection, Philosophy, Timeless Essays|

Too often we Christians have given in to the temptation to sanitize the crucifixion and sentimentalize the resurrection. But the resurrection was not, at first, a cause for rejoicing, but the source of fear—soul-shaking, knee-knocking, heart-pounding, earth-quaking fear. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Dwight Longenecker as [...]

Legalizing the Resurrection

By |2020-04-09T12:22:45-05:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Easter, Glenn Arbery, Modernity, Religion, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

Many in our society consider religion merely an instrument of power, and they believe that the “correction” of inherited beliefs and practices can be forced upon the unwilling. But there’s an enormous difference between people who choose the real common good and people forced to submit to a state ideology. Today’s offering in our [...]

Is Easter a Recycled Pagan Festival?

By |2020-04-10T16:32:51-05:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Culture War, Easter, History, Religion, Western Civilization|

Easter’s supposed pre-Christian spring ritual roots are an opportunity to make the feast simply about bunnies, spring flowers, and eggs—all signs of spring without any of that obnoxious cross or empty tomb nonsense. Yet, the idea that Christians added Christ to a pre-existing Easter is standing on incredibly shaky ground. It is a well-known [...]

“Pieta”

By |2020-04-09T20:15:18-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Easter, Imagination, Poetry|

Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. Luke 23:28 All gardens have now become Gethsemane: forsaken shadowscapes of sterile blight where no solace may be found, nor any light. Branches cruciate dominate cruelly. […]

The Sublime Beauty of Salvation

By |2020-04-09T12:04:16-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Easter, Love, Paul Krause, Religion, Senior Contributors|

The victory of Christ on the Cross was not a victory of sunshine, happy thoughts, and rainbows. Nay, it was a victory of sublime splendor. It was horrifying. It was total. It was—and remains—through the eyes of faith, also beautiful. St. Paul says that he is determined to know, and preach, nothing but “Christ [...]

Loyalty and Betrayal on a Friday Afternoon

By |2020-04-09T21:18:46-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Culture, Easter, Senior Contributors|

Of all the wounds Jesus felt physically on that Friday, probably none hurt Him as much as those inflicted by His friends, deserting Him in His greatest hour of need and comfort. The entire course of history changed on a Friday afternoon at 3. At that moment, when Jesus “gave up the ghost,” (Luke [...]

“Christ on the Mount of Olives”: Beethoven’s Passion Oratorio

By |2020-04-09T02:08:16-05:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Beethoven 250, Easter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Michael De Sapio, Music|

While many artists and composers have depicted the Passion of Christ, Beethoven carried an especially weighty cross in the form of his privation of hearing, which isolated him from society and forced him to compose music from his “inner ear.” Like Christ in the Garden, he found himself alone and forsaken, wrestling with a tribulation [...]

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