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Holy Week offers a rich and diverse array of topics for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on the Holy Thursday Last Supper, Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane, on his Seven Last Words from the cross, his walking of the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the silence of Holy Saturday, the brilliance of Easter morning, and more.

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Recent Perspectives on Devotional Reflections of Easter

A Creative Journey Through Eastertide

A Creative Journey Through Eastertide

Christine Valters Paintner

The call of Easter is a simple invitation: to step forth across the threshold, to release all you thought you know, to say yes to what comes.

Holy Week in an Unholy World

Holy Week in an Unholy World

Shane Claiborne

We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out and betrayed him with a kiss.

Resurrection Matters: The Holy Unknowing

Resurrection Matters: The Holy Unknowing

Erin Wathen

It's a pickle. Insistence on a literal, physical, bodily resurrection is killing the conservative Church. While its denial kills the progressive Church.

Between the Tragic and the Triumphant

Between the Tragic and the Triumphant

Mary Lea Hill

During this week between the agony of sin and the ecstasy of redemption, let’s think of our response to so gracious a gift.

Easter Reminds Us That Sunday Is Coming

Easter Reminds Us That Sunday Is Coming

Mark Sandlin

Easter approaches in the shadow of the devastation of "Good" Friday and the stupefying silence of Holy Saturday.

Why We Need the Resurrection

Why We Need the Resurrection

Ellen Painter Dollar

Anyone could see that, as wonderful as jellybeans are, Christmas is way better than Easter.

Seeing the World with Resurrection Eyes

Seeing the World with Resurrection Eyes

Greg Garrett

The resurrection story, however we understand it, whether or not we can explain it, should make a difference in our minds and hearts. It's supposed to; that's what resurrection does.

The Resurrection Matters because Bodies are Beautiful

The Resurrection Matters because Bodies are Beautiful

Kyle Roberts

So I am a progressive Christian, but I believe in the bodily resurrection. Jesus rose up from the dead with a new body.

Following Jesus Means Being Political

Following Jesus Means Being Political

Mark Sandlin

If you want to follow Jesus, it then means being willing to confront abusive power and being willing to flip a few tables in the process.

Walking Through Calvary, St. Ignatius Style

Walking Through Calvary, St. Ignatius Style

Monique Ocampo

Let us remember to deny ourselves and focus on our cross as we follow Jesus.

The Jesus I Need — An Easter Reflection

The Jesus I Need — An Easter Reflection

Marg Herder

I need a Jesus who knows only one moment of suffering after another, to teach me how to abide the panic of my own.

More Resources

Easter: Practicing Resurrection of the Body

Easter: Practicing Resurrection of the Body

Christine Valters Paintner

What does it mean for us to not just say we believe in a resurrected life, but to truly practice resurrection? Here are some practices for returning "home" to your body.

God Loves Somebody Like Me: Reflections on Holy Week

God Loves Somebody Like Me: Reflections on Holy Week

Bruce Epperly

Before there was a cross, there was the love that brought forth the universe, evolved galaxies, and moved through each conception. God's eye is on the sparrow, the lilies of the field, and us.

Saint Death and Easter

Saint Death and Easter

Chris Hoke

Join me in celebrating the cosmic event of Jesus's "trampling down Death" — as the cult of bowing to Death grows around us.

Fifty Days of Easter! What Would We Do?

Fifty Days of Easter! What Would We Do?

Mark D. Roberts

Celebrating Easter for fifty days is not duplicating Easter Sunday fifty times over. Rather, it's taking time to reflect upon and delight in the truth of Easter and its implications for our lives.

The Seven Last Words of Christ: A Progressive Vision

The Seven Last Words of Christ: A Progressive Vision

Bruce Epperly

We are not alone; we belong to God and nothing—abandonment, thirst, or cross—can separate us from God's love.

Easter: Waking Up and the

Easter: Waking Up and the "Harrowing of Hades"

Phil Fox Rose

Resurrection is not resuscitation, it's "about breaking out into an entirely new form of life, into a life that is no longer subject to the law of dying and becoming."

Easter Is Coming

Easter Is Coming

Brad Williams

As Death haunts us, stalks us, and undoes us and all whom we love, Easter carries us.

Holy Week and the Mysterious Glory of Our Guide

Holy Week and the Mysterious Glory of Our Guide

Richard Dahlstrom

Jesus went it alone so that, rising from the dead, he could join my journey and go the distance with me, enabling me to achieve summits I'd never achieve otherwise.

Unforgiving Jesus on the Cross

Unforgiving Jesus on the Cross

David Henson

Jesus, in the midst of the unimaginable and intolerable injustice, musters the courage to forgive the unforgivable.

Reflections for Holy Monday

Reflections for Holy Monday

Micha Boyett

Art, scripture, and poetry to guide the day.

What Kind of Easter People Are We?

What Kind of Easter People Are We?

Kimberly Knight

When we can respond to God's RADICAL grace with equivalent love and grace for all our sisters and brothers on this big damn blue marble then and only then will we truly be Easter people who will be lifted from the tomb of fear and darkness to declare—Christ has risen, Christ has risen indeed!

For Goodness' Sake

For Goodness' Sake

Erin Wathen

What's possibly "good" about Good Friday, a day of violence, when the worst side of human nature is on grotesque display?

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Mark D. Roberts

Reflections, questions for further thought, and prayer for each of the traditional seven last words of Christ from the cross.

The Book of Easter

The Book of Easter

David Matthew Brown

In the Easter story we are always told to keep walking and moving, trusting in the presence of love. Jesus called that presence Father, Eckhart Tolle calls it now, Rumi calls it love, call it what you will, but spring is upon us, life is made new.  IF you could resurrect yourself, what would that look like?

A Wild Week in the Landscape of the Universe

A Wild Week in the Landscape of the Universe

Wendy Murray

Poetry remembering that week that seemed so unholy.

Hosanna in Hindustan

Hosanna in Hindustan

Ruth Malhotra

In a land where Christ-worship is neither common nor safe, I was astonished by the way Christians in India celebrate the Easter season.

Holy Week and Hungry for Change

Holy Week and Hungry for Change

Micha Boyett

I feel like the liturgy has rescued my faith time and again because it runs deep, because I've been learning to pray true things no matter what my insides are screaming.

Passover and Easter: Celebrations of Violence?

Passover and Easter: Celebrations of Violence?

Roger Gottlieb

We would be far better off forgetting the objective question of whether these stories actually happened and, instead, concentrating on the spiritual one. Not "What is true?" but, "How am I living?"

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