Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Part 3

Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Part III In yesterday’s post, I examined Parts I and II of Handel’s Messiah, showing that the birth of Jesus takes up only the first section of the Part I. Part II focuses on the death and resurrection of Jesus, ending with the glorious celebration [Read More…]

Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Parts 1 and 2

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) of Handel’s Messiah to show its strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in three parts. I’ll provide a short summary of each part, beginning today with Parts 1 and 2. Part [Read More…]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece – Introduction

I ended my last post by promising to discuss one further piece of Easter music. Today, I begin to keep my promise. Several years ago, the choir of Irvine Presbyterian Church, along with a couple of guest choirs, did something you might consider odd. They sang a wonderful, well-known piece of music. This isn’t odd, [Read More…]

Celebrating Fifty Days of Easter: Some Practical Suggestions

Part 3 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter In my last post, I began to answer the question of what we might do if we were to celebrate Easter for fifty days. I explained that it’s not as if we ought to repeat the traditions of Easter Sunday fifty times in a [Read More…]

Fifty Days of Easter! What Would We Do?

Part 2 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter In my last post, I shared my personal discovery of Eastertide, the fifty-day season of the Christian year set apart to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and its implications for our lives. I promised to explain a bit further how one might give Easter [Read More…]

Happy Easter! No, Really! Happy Easter!

Part 1 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter No, I haven’t got my days mixed up. Yes, I do mean to wish you “Happy Easter!” You may be done with Easter Sunday services and Easter egg hunts. You may have put away your fancy new Easter dress and your bunny decorations. But [Read More…]

Linda’s Doodle for Easter Sunday

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]

The Stations of the Cross – An Easter Postscript

An Easter Postscript Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! So Christians have proclaimed for centuries on Easter morning and throughout the season of Easter, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. During the fourteen days prior to Easter, I was reflecting on the Stations of the Cross in preparation for a deeper experience of [Read More…]

Lenten Doodle for Saturday, April 7

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]

The Stations of the Cross – The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Copyright © 2007, Linda E. S. Roberts. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark. Luke 23:50-54; Mark 16:1-4 Luke 23 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, [Read More…]

Seven Last Words of Christ – Reflections for Holy Week

My series on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the cross can be found here. [Read more…]

The Stations of the Cross – The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Copyright © 2007, Linda E. S. Roberts. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark. Luke 23:44-47 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a [Read More…]

Lenten Doodle for Good Friday, April 6

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]

Lenten Doodle for Thursday, April 5

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]

The Stations of the Cross – The Twelfth Station: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother, and His Disciple

Copyright © 2007, Linda E. S. Roberts. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark. John 19:25-27 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he [Read More…]

Lenten Doodle for Wednesday, April 4

Click on the images below to see them full size. Copyright © 2012, Linda E.S. Roberts. If you would like to use these doodles for a ministry or other non-profit purpose, please contact Mark. [Read more…]


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