He Is Risen Alleluia!

He is Risen Indeed Alleluia!

Christ appears to Mary Magdalen – The Syon Cope (1310-1320)    V&A Museum


1. And when ye saboth daye was past Mary Magdalen and Mary Iacobi and Salome bought odures that they myght come and anoynt him.
2. And erly in the morninge the nexte daye after the saboth day they came vnto the sepulcre when the sunne was rysen.
3. And they sayd one to another: who shall rolle vs awaye the stone from the dore of the sepulcre?
4. And when they looked they sawe how the stone was rolled awaye: for it was a very greate one.
5. And they went into the sepulcre and sawe a yonge man syttinge on the ryght syde cloothed in a longe whyte garmet and they were abasshed.
6. And he sayd vnto the be not afrayed: ye seke Iesus of Nazareth which was crucified. He is rysen he is not here. Beholde the place where they put him.
7. But go youre waye and tell his disciples and namely Peter: he will goo before you into Galile: there shall ye se him as he sayde vnto you.
8. And they went oute quickly and fleed from the sepulcre. For they trembled and were amased. Nether sayd they eny thinge to eny man for they were afrayed.
9. When Iesus was rysen the morow after ye saboth daye he appered fyrst to Mary Magdalen oute of whom he cast seven devyls.
10. And she wet and toolde them that were with him as they morned and weapte.
11. And when they herde that he was alyve and he had appered to hyr they beleved it not.
12. After that he appered vnto two of them in a straunge figure as they walked and went into the country.
13. And they went and toolde it to the remnaunt. And they beleved them nether.
14. After that he appered vnto the eleve as they sate at meate: and cast in their tethe their vnbelefe and hardnes of herte: be cause they beleued not them which had sene him after his resurreccio.
15. And he sayd vnto them: Goo ye in to all the worlde and preache the glad tyges to all creatures
16. he that beleueth and is baptised shall be saved. But he that beleveth not shalbe dampned.
17. And these signes shall folowe them that beleve: In my name they shall cast oute devyls and shall speake with newe tonges
18. and shall kyll serpentes. And yf they drinke eny dedly thinge yt shall not hurte the. They shall laye their hondes on ye sicke and they shall recover.
19. So then when the lorde had spoken vnto them he was receaued into heauen and is set doune on the ryght honde of God.
20. And they went forth and preached every where. And the Lorde wrought with them and confirmed the worde with miracles that folowed.

The New Testament
William Tyndale
Worms – 1526

On this day in 1947: The only mutiny in the history of the Royal New Zealand Navy begins.

And By Believing

As has become my custom on Holy Saturday I am posting this reading of Chapter 20 of the Gospel of Saint John as read by Dame Dame Patricia Routledge.


As with the Passione of Corteccia I posted yesterday I find it moving in the simplicity of it’s telling.

On this day in 1930: The Motion Picture Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S..

Chag Pesach Samech

For my friends and those who are like family that celebrate tonight:

As you prepare your house and your table for the first seder of this Passover, as you open your Haggadah and ask the first question,  I wish all my friends and those who are like family who obey the commandment to tell of the miracles and wonders:

 Have a sweet Passover / zisn Pesach / חג פסח שמח

A left click will take you an explanation of the Passover seder symbolic foods.

A left click on the various highlight/linked words and phrases will take you to an explanation of the observances of this major Festival of Liberation.

On this day in 1856: The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War.

A Good Friday Meditation

Today I observed two personal Good Friday traditions – one that I have not observed in many years and the other that I have honoured for neigh on half a century

For the first time in a long time I went to church for Good Friday liturgy. St Paul’s here in Charlottetown follows the tradition of a meditative service of spoken word and choral passages retelling the Passion story prefaced by the call to the ancient rite of Veneration of the Cross. The beautiful Harris sanctuary was, as is traditional, stripped bare of all ornamentation save a large wooden cross The spoken passages were taken from the Book of Common Prayer and the choral meditations in the tradition of the Hymnal with congregational participation. It was a simple service and moving in its simplicity and sincerity.

Then this afternoon I listened, as I have done every Good Friday for the past 43 years, to a recording of the Passione secondo Giovanni by Francesco Corteccia. A simple retelling of the Passion story in spoken word and choral meditations written in the 16th century, it is moving in its simplicity and sincerity.

Back in 2010 I created a video using photographs of a glorious altarpiece by the del Maino brothers and a few passages from this remarkable recording. I thought once again that I would share that video for this Good Friday 2018.

Willy Or Won't He

Again one of the small treasures, of so many, in the V&A collection was this altarpiece from Lombardy. Attributed to the del Maino brothers it would have been created in their workshop in Pavia. It was made for Sant’Agostino, Piacenza where it remained until 1841. The predella addresses the Nativity while the upper piece traces the events of the crucifixion. Back in my days as an avid record collector I had the wise counsel of my friend Alan when it came to buying things. Alan worked at Sam the Record Man’s and had a coterie of people that he would advise on what they should buy. If Alan said “buy it” I bought it and was very seldom disappointed. Back in 1975 he suggested that I purchase a Archiv recording of a little known Passion by Francesco Corteccia, a Florentine composer at the time of Cosimo di Medici. As…

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The Strength of a Flower

Buona festa de la donna

I’ve always preferred the traditional Italian name and greeting for International Women’s Day. For me it seems more celebratory and honours women as individuals not a collective. Interestingly it was the name first suggested back in 1910 when the idea was endorsed at the International Socialist Women’s Conference in Copenhagen.

In 1946 Italian politician Teresa Mattei  chose the mimosa as the symbol of La Festa de la donna because she felt that the French symbols of the day, violets and lily-of-the-valley, were too scarce and expensive.  And she saw the feathery flower that would flutter in the wind and bend but not break in the storm as a symbol of the strength and resilience of women.

As I have done in the past I want to present this virtual sprig of mimosa to each of the women in my life as a symbol of their strength and resilience.  It is a too small thank you for what you have brought into my life: the caring, the happiness, the wit, the wisdom, the frustrations (frustration knows no gender), at times the anger (ditto for anger), teh comfort, and the love.

On this day in 1655: John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in England’s North American colonies where a crime was not committed.