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The Divine Hours of Lent

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Easter Sunday – March 23, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

And so we cry out this morning, as our kind have cried for centuries on every Easter morning: Christ has died. Christ has risen Christ will come again. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

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Holy Saturday – March 22, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Holy Saturday….Always that has seemed to me to be the strangest sort of name to put on this day. Holy? What is holy about utter silence, utter stillness, utter death? Hallowed, yes; but not holy, at least not yet, not […]

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Good Friday – March 21, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

As I was nearing the end of the months of compiling the Sayings of Jesus into the The Words of Jesus volume and, even more, during these last five or six weeks since it has been published, I received, and […]

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Maundy Thursday – March 20, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Jesus, as the Passover meal was ending, said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you. But not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not […]

Wednesday – March 19, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Lent ends today; or more correctly, this is the last, full day of Lent. Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, and tomorrow night at sunset, Lent gives way to the Triduum…to the three days that are the culmination of Lent. Tomorrow night, […]

Tuesday – March 18, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Many long years ago–meaning well over a quarter of a century ago–I wrote a book about Lent entitled Final Sanity. It and/or pieces of it have been re-printed so many times that I don’t even have a record of where […]

Monday – March 17, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

My father was an academic all of his adult life. He started his career as the entire faculty and administration of a tiny, rural school and ended up as the Academic Dean of East Tennessee State University, a position he […]

Palm Sunday – March 16, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Today is the first day of Holy Week, though actually, it’s also a bit more than that: Palm Sunday is an interruption in Lent that manages somehow to lop off the next three days of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from […]

Saturday – March 15, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. That means the beginning of Holy Week or, put another way, that means that Lent–and death and winter–are effectual almost over. Tomorrow will be a time of celebration that, in essence, refuses to look dead-on at […]

Friday – March 14, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

When I die, I would have it said of me that I have lived a thankful life. I didn’t know that when I started out. Reared in the middle-class work ethic and on the American principle of individualism, I thought […]

THursday – March 13, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Yesterday was my birthday, and I am full of glee this morning…or at least I think what I feel is nearer to outright, childish glee than to anything else I know of. And the reason is that, for the next […]

Wednesday – March 12, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

An editor asked me the other day about whether or not I knew of any ideas or concepts floating around out there in religion that had not yet been developed into book-length treatments, but should be. I think I probably […]

Tuesday – March 11, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Like most other seasons in the liturgical year, Lent is a time, at least in part, for heroes, for remembering and honoring and trying to emulate those who have preceded us in the faith. Lent is remarkably shy on heroines, […]

Monday – March 10, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I spend a lot of my life in hotels. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. Truth told, I like hotels. Left to my own devices, I have always said, in fact, that I would live in a hotel permanently, […]

Sunday – March 9, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Gene Roddenberry and the Trekkies had it wrong all along. Space is not the final frontier. It never was. The ancients knew that long before there were telescopes with which to ponder space or flying machines with which to pierce […]

Saturday – March 8, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Yesterday was massage day. Thank God, and I say that reverently. For someone who never had a massage until she was over seventy years of age, I have become an addict of the first order. My body, if not yet […]

Friday – March 7, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Supposedly and by tradition, Friday is the day of the week set aside by Christians for thinking sober thoughts and considering holy issues. I’m all for that. Lord knows, we probably need a lot more Fridays, if that is the […]

Thursday – March 6, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

A friend of mine—a bookseller, in fact, and therefore a colleague as well as a friend—told me a story the other day. She was driving me to the airport; and we were just making conversation, when she chanced to say […]

Wednesday – March 5, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

There’s just no accounting for the ways of religion. They wind in and out through the centuries of history like the tracings of drunken snails, though almost all of them are the handiwork of good and godly men and women […]

Tuesday – March 4, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Last week-end, I was in Michigan, that most cordial and beautiful of states, when it happened again. It was Friday, and the luncheon spread for the meeting I was addressing was a buffet of roast beef and thin-sliced, baked ham […]

Monday – March 3, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Until recently, there have been relatively few times in my life when I, as an American, have felt any significant need to separate Phyllis the Christian out from Phyllis the Citizen. I have been consciously and outspokenly grateful for that […]

Sunday – March 2, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Bodies are peculiar things, or at least they seem so to me. They tend to have wills of their own about what they can and can not, will and will not do, almost to the point of being idiosyncratic….or, as […]

Saturday – March 1, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I have been asked several times in the last four weeks about what was the greatest discovery for me in compiling the words of Jesus back into a Sayings gospel format. Obviously, I have been, and am, overjoyed that people […]

Friday – February 29, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Today is Leap Year Day, and it positively cries out for some religious commentary or other–some treatise on how it got to be Leap Year in the first place etc., etc. Admittedly, all of that is a pretty good story. […]

Thursday – February 28, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I will be leaving San Diego this morning. In fact, I am in the airport lounge as you are reading this. I commenced this week in Michigan with the women of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper Michigan. I have spent […]

Wednesday – February 27, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I am in San Diego at the National Pastors’ Conference. It’s an annual gathering of several thousand pastors who, in this case, are primarily from the western part of our country. As a group, they cut across all kinds of […]

Tuesday – February 26, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I am not a fuss-budget…or I hope I am not, anyway…about kids and how easily we let them make holidays out of holy days. Making parties out of events is part of the magic of childhood, not to mention one […]

Monday – February 25, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

It happened again last night just at dusk–that first twilight of the frogs’ singing. Sam and I had come in from church and eaten a light lunch, before three friends called to say that they were out for a drive […]

Sunday – February 24, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Sam, the son, not the father….Don’t ever name a baby boy after his father without contriving an alternative name by which to call him! It was a problem Sam, the father, had raised for all the months this one was […]

Saturday – February 23, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Eight weeks ago today, on the last Saturday of 2007 and two days before New Year’s Eve, Devereaux Dunlap Cannon, Jr. got up, went into his kitchen to start the morning coffee, headed back through his dining room toward his […]

Friday – February 22, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Friday is, as we all know, the day of summary in our human week, the day for considering what we have accomplished or failed to accomplish, the day for regretting sometimes and, a lot of times, the day for planning […]

Thursday – February 21, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I was at a meeting in Minneapolis for two days last week, and I have been processing that fact ever since. As meetings go, this one was important…pivotal even, I suspect. It was a gathering of a dozen and a […]

Wednesday – February 20, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

We have six cats, which is more or less four too many, even in the country. In the beginning, we had one cat, a stray who wandered into one of the back sheds and whom Sam adopted out of mercy […]

Tuesday – February 19, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Someone asked me the other day what the “The Divine Hours” part of “The Divine Hours of Lent” meant. It struck me as a singularly appropriate question and one that I should have answered without having to be asked. In […]

Monday – February 18, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

It’s Presidents’ Day, as we all know, and as most of us probably remarked earlier this morning with less than huge enthusiasm. In the old days before e-mail, I used to rejoice in any national holiday, however minor, just because […]

Sunday – February 17, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

There is no end to all the preconceptions and popular notions about what one should or must do during Lent. Undoubtedly, the most popular of them is that of “giving up something for Lent.” For centuries, the ‘something’ involved food. […]

Saturday – February 16, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

We so-called “Liturgical” Christians–read here: Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, some Lutherans, etc.–love our liturgy, thus our category marker. There is, we say, a way that worship has been offered and the eucharist celebrated for all the centuries […]

Friday, February 15, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Friday, by long-standing tradition, is the day of the week assigned, every week, to particular penance and to fasting for the faithful. Just how many observant Christians still fast in some way on Friday nobody knows, nor does it matter […]

Thursday, February 14, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

I have always had a love/hate relationship with the Bed and Breakfast phenomenon. Like many another writer, I travel a great deal in the course of my work, talking to groups and lecturing. Providing me with housing while I am […]

Wednesday – February 13, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

It’s Wednesday, the first ‘real’ Wednesday in Lent for me. For better or worse, Ash Wednesday has always felt surreal to me. It is as if Ash Wednesday were not a Wednesday at all…as if it were not even a […]

February 12, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Today marks the one hundred and eighteenth anniversary of my mother’s birth. Today is also the third and last in a triad of commemorative days.in this year of Our Lord 2008. In a way, I am glad of that fact. […]

February 11, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Today is a major anniversary in my life. Or more correctly, it is what our children in their growing up would have called a major weekiversary, for it marks the end of the first week and the commencement of a […]

February 10, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Sam and I have been married for almost fifty-three years. To make the thing even worse, we have known each other for all of our combined hundred and forty-nine years. He was precisely one on the day that my parents […]

February 9, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

A long, long time ago, I wrote a series of books…more correctly, I wrote a cache of stories that ended up in a series of small books…that have shown up over the years in several permutations, most recently as the […]

February 8, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

One of the great things for me is that for the last few years, I have been asked to do two days of the speaking at the Noon Day services that accompany the Calvary Waffle Shop. And by custom–it’s hardly […]

February 7, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

Calvary Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Memphis…so old that it is wedged in, quite literally, amongst all kinds of office buildings and municipal and county court houses and administrative buildings. It sits only a couple of […]

February 6, 2008 – Ash Wednesday

posted by Phyllis Tickle

February 6, 2008 – Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday at last. Lent really is here now, and it’s one, slow, steady progression from now to Easter. I like that idea in theory, anyway…that idea of unremitting progress toward a holy day…except […]

February 5, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

February 5, 2008 Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, religiously speaking. Culturally speaking, it’s New Orleans and strings of cheap, glittery beads, and trombones in parade. Over the years, the ‘culturally’ part has managed to trump the ‘religiously’ part for most […]

February 4, 2008

posted by Phyllis Tickle

With the exception of Christmastide itself, Lent is probably the best known of all the seasons in the Christian year. Technically speaking, it comences each year on Ash Wednesday which, in this case, would be day after tomorrow. But that […]

Previous Posts

Easter Sunday - March 23, 2008
And so we cry out this morning, as our kind have cried for centuries on every Easter morning: Christ has died. Christ has risen Christ will come again. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen. ...

posted 6:00:00am Mar. 23, 2008 | read full post »

Holy Saturday - March 22, 2008
Holy Saturday….Always that has seemed to me to be the strangest sort of name to put on this day. Holy? What is holy about utter silence, utter stillness, utter death? Hallowed, yes; but not holy, at least not yet, not for a few more hours. And ...

posted 6:00:00am Mar. 22, 2008 | read full post »

Good Friday - March 21, 2008
As I was nearing the end of the months of compiling the Sayings of Jesus into the The Words of Jesus volume and, even more, during these last five or six weeks since it has been published, I received, and have continued to receive, some fairly ...

posted 6:00:00am Mar. 21, 2008 | read full post »

Maundy Thursday - March 20, 2008
Jesus, as the Passover meal was ending, said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you. But not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, 'I am going ...

posted 6:00:00am Mar. 20, 2008 | read full post »

Wednesday - March 19, 2008
Lent ends today; or more correctly, this is the last, full day of Lent. Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, and tomorrow night at sunset, Lent gives way to the Triduum…to the three days that are the culmination of Lent. Tomorrow night, Christian ...

posted 6:00:00am Mar. 19, 2008 | read full post »

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