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Thursday after Ash Wednesday: Agnus Dei

From the Gospel reading in the daily office, “The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the...

Guest blog sermon: A grown-up Lent

GUEST CONTENT! Tonight I was the celebrant at the evening Ash Wednesday liturgy at Christ Church Cathedral here in Cincinnati. The preacher was the Rev’d Canon Joanna Leiserson, and she offered one of the...

Ash Wednesday: De profundis

Throughout Lent, I will be posting images based on the readings for the daily office. Perhaps this will be daily, or perhaps not. In any case, I hope these images might provide a focus...

Ashes whither?

This week, in addition to repentance, papal resignations, and Lent Madness, a looming big topic is Ashes to Go. My friend Emily Mellott is perhaps the major force behind the trend, and we’ve had...

Giving up my archnemesis for Lent

Some people give up chocolate for Lent, others television, and so on. For me, I’m giving up my archnemesis this year (again). Really, it’s of necessity, since we must work together so closely on...

Let all the earth keep silence…

I’ve been thinking about silence lately. It is a challenge for me and always has been. And yet, whenever I manage to pull off a few moments of actual silence, it is a gift....

How to liven up your Annual Parish Meeting

It’s annual meeting season. Back when I was a rector, I liked them to go smoothly, like well-scripted legislative machines. Now that I merely attend the meetings, I prefer to see some fireworks. So,...

Epiphany proclamation 2013

After lying fallow for months, it’s time for 7WD to come back to life. And what better way to do that than this year’s Epiphany Proclamation. Look for some more blog posts in the...

Nemesis news

Long-time readers of 7WD will know two things about this blog. First, I don’t always write about inside-baseball churchgeekery. Second, one of my favorite unholy topics is my archnemesis, Tim Schenck. Plenty of people...