Category Archives: Holy Week

The Rood

I shook when that Man clasped me. I dared, still, not bow to earth, fall to earth’s fields, but had to stand fast. Rood was I reared. I lifted a mighty King, Lord of the heavens, dared not to bend. … Continue reading

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Wounded

I must and shall be wounded. Why? Because my groom, My saviour, has been found with many a bleeding wound. But why must I be wounded? I cannot abide If we be too unlike, the bridegroom and the bride. ~ … Continue reading

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The royal banners forward go

The royal banners forward go, The cross shines forth in mystic glow; Where he in flesh, our flesh who made, Our sentence bore, our ransom paid. There whilst he hung, his precious side By soldier’s spear was opened wide, To … Continue reading

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The Price

The coin fell on my hollow hand. I could not bear it, although it was light, and I let it fall. It was all in vain. The other said: “There are still twenty-nine.” ~ Jorge Borges, “Matthew XXVII:9”

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Good Friday

There is profusion in the Father’s love. He pours it out in spates and throngs and swarms, He breeds it like the insects in the air, He wrings it with the torrents from the storms. He hates no thing. The … Continue reading

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Passiontide

Who will cry to him Love! Who will cry to him Love, our fair lord? Now when he gives no beauty and no reward, When the hounds are on him, the horns are blowing the mort, When the young god’s … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

Here is a hymn that Venantius Fortunatus wrote during the death of a civilization. Fortunatus was born in Italy a few years after the imperial murder of one of the last Roman intellectuals, Anicius Manlius Boethius; and though Venantius was … Continue reading

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