Easter is not just a single day: it is a whole season that runs from Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday) to Pentecost. (Here is a useful overview of the liturgical calendar and how it helps us enter into the life of Christ and the church). So… let us keep celebrating our Risen Lord through the full fifty days of Easter! Here is an “Easter Radio Player” from Signpost Music – here is what Steve Bell says about it: “It is a collection of songs (from all the Signpost artists) that touch on the general themes of Easter: penitence, prayer, disorientation, re-orientation, death, resurrection, browning, greening, biblical narrative etc. Feel free to listen wherever and whenever you want. It’s here simply to help folks enter into the constellation of seasons we call Easter and will run from Lent through to Holy Week, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. Please feel free to let others know about it through your social networks.”
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
CS Lewis’s last interview: (hat tip to Chris Reese). An excellent piece, with one bit that I particularly like:
Q: How can we foster the encounter of people with Jesus Christ?
“You can’t lay down any pattern for God. There are many different ways of bringing people into his Kingdom, even some ways that I specially dislike! I have therefore learned to be cautious in my judgment.
“But we can block it in many ways. As Christians we are tempted to make unnecessary concessions to those outside the faith. We give in too much. Now, I don’t mean that we should run the risk of making a nuisance of ourselves by witnessing at improper times, but there comes a time when we must show that we disagree. We must show our Christian colors, if we are to be true to Jesus Christ. We cannot remain silent or concede everything away.
“There is a character in one of my children’s stories named Aslan, who says, ‘I never tell anyone any story except his own.’ I cannot speak for the way God deals with others; I only know how he deals with me personally. Of course, we are to pray for spiritual awakening, and in various ways we can do something toward it. But we must remember that neither Paul nor Apollos gives the increase. As Charles Williams once said, ‘The altar must often be built in one place so that the fire may come down in another place.’”
For etymology enthusiasts: check out this visual representation of word origins in samples from different literary genres.
Now for something completely silly: here are some 19th century LOLCats (seriously).
And… I love St Michael’s by-the-Sea. Seriously.