Palm Sunday

We cut banana leaf from our backyard and dressthe table with these fronds for a king.Day is overcast; spirit drizzles withthe quiet acedia of another quarantined day.No procession today, on this or any street;only hearts can fling wide their gates.Yet heart has always been best, been the mostfitting place to worship this king,temples prone toContinue reading “Palm Sunday”

Palm Sunday

I have been there in the festal throng, the waving of palms, the shouting of Psalms: Hosanna – the highest – hosanna. And I have felt the surge of pride to see my king, as prophesied, come in, triumphantly, astride his Zechariah-steed, and I confess that I have hoped to find what, in the end,Continue reading “Palm Sunday”

The Cornucopia of Heaven – Prayer of Preparation

Prayer of Preparation After Gustav Holst, “Psalm 86: To My Humble Supplication” Teach my dullness, guide my blindness (Joseph Bryan) We begin small – a seed, a pod, a bud, soon bursting, soon breaking out into light. Hear strings rise. Hear spirits lift their weary, slowing hands. See the sun open up the day. SeeContinue reading “The Cornucopia of Heaven – Prayer of Preparation”

Lent 40: Palm Sunday

  This is the day that the Lord has made: My soul is weary; my heart is faint.   This is the righteous gate of the Lord: I hear the slander of many.   The Lord has done this; it is marvellous to our eyes: My life is consumed in anguish.   O Lord, saveContinue reading “Lent 40: Palm Sunday”

Lent 29: Wednesday of Fourth Week

The blind, the lame, are let inside; the cursed now are blessed. The king in triumph rides upon a humble donkey’s colt.   The temple tables overturned, the mind thrown into chaos, prophecies are rendered true in ways that chill our hearts.   The unexpected king burns bright with anger at the sham. He knowsContinue reading “Lent 29: Wednesday of Fourth Week”

“Hosanna” – Streaming Page CXVI Day 6

Monday Before Lent Atrophied your knees, Weary your feet, Rusty the locks of the ancient gates – Prepare the way. Cry, Blessed is He! as He comes, To save, to rule, to save. Stagnant your hopes, Vacant your dreams, Silent and silenced the voice which cries – In the wilderness prepare the way! See, HeContinue reading ““Hosanna” – Streaming Page CXVI Day 6″

“Your hearts and minds, prepare them…” – Streaming Page CXVI Day 5

The moment in the Easter narrative that always captures my attention most powerfully is the story of Palm Sunday, of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, hailed as king yet his death from that moment assured. This is the theme of today’s Page CXVI song, the beautiful “This Blessed Day”, accompanied by my new poem forContinue reading ““Your hearts and minds, prepare them…” – Streaming Page CXVI Day 5″