Dreary Outside, Self-Isolating Inside

I’m writing this partly as a followup on Thursday’s “Self-Isolation in the Family” post. And partly because I got frustrated with what I’d been trying to write today.

My son is still sick, and it’s a damply dismal Saturday afternoon. Outside temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 4 Celsius….

…The family’s self-isolation went up a notch when Bishop Kettler said that churches should close their doors….

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Faith Matters: Seeking a place of comfort in times of fear and tragedy

Perhaps as we distance ourselves from others, we could get closer to Christ. Why not respond to his simple invitation, “Come to me.” Let us also take the time to pray for those individuals who help to bring hope and healing to others during this crisis. They help us to know God’s love.

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Bach’s Passions

Johann Sebastian Bach, according to sources, wrote five ‘Passions’, orchestral chorales based the final days of the life of Christ, but only two have come down to us: Saint John’s and Saint Matthew’s, both profound, musically rich and complex, whose depths can never really be fully plumbed, but always appreciated. They are two of my favorite works during this Lententide – more Lenten than most, as we are discovering – but the hope embedded in this music may provide peace and serenity your souls, that beauty transcends all time, all epochs, all crises and calamities.

So here are Bach’s Passions:

The first composed is Saint John’s, it premiere performance on April 7, 1724, at Good Friday Vespers. Two centuries on, April 7, 1933 also marks the day that beer was legalized again in the United States after the silliness of Prohibition, something Bach would likely have appreciated. But, for now, we are in Lent, the beer will have to wait, and the Passion – in more ways than one – is upon us:

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