Random and not so random musings from a 5th generation NE Missourian who became a 1st generation Episcopalian. Let the good times roll!

(Entombment of Christ, detail, Rogier Van der Weyden, 1450, from The Edge of the Enclosure)

Jesus' Body is Prepared for Burial

Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

Mark 15:46-47

God of eternal peace,

In this world of instantaneous communication, we also have the power to not only instantly respond and comfort the afflicted, we have the power to sustain our afflictions upon others. E-mails can go viral, bullies can stalk and continually threaten, and insecure people can pile on the backs of the victimized via social networking. Open our hearts to the value of waiting, the thrift of restraint, and the gift of silent compassion. Close our minds to the trap of snap judgments, the spear of verbal retaliation, and the festering ulcer of backbiting. Let the dead bury the dead in online arguments and controversies. In those times we transgress and respond prematurely in anger or fear, give us hope of the resurrection of broken relationships as time passes and hearts mold to hear your Son’s words and teachings. Amen.

Concluding Prayer:

Almighty and ever-living God,

We thank you for the power of the Internet

And the marvelous ways we can connect to one another through it.

As we follow Christ’s road to the cross on this Holy Week,

Help us to keep the Cross ever before us

In all our human interactions,

Both physical and virtual.

In your son Jesus’ name we pray.



Just want to express gratitude for this series of Holy Week Meditations. Found them strikingly original and relevant. You are a treasure.

I appreciate your words, Robert. Treasures are found in many places!



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