Holy Saturday

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Spirituality, The Church

Holy Saturday is the one day, and the last in the Easter Triduum, that is least understood by Protestants. Growing up in a non-liturgical background I paid some attention to Good Friday, and a lot more to Easter Sunday, but Saturday seemed like a big hole in the whole week, a hole that was left unfilled until Sunday morning. That … Read More

Good Friday

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Spirituality, The Church

Even the most non-liturgical Christians tend to recognize this day, Good Friday, as a special day. Some independent groups will do everything within their power to ignore it but even the big non-denominational churches will often celebrate Good Friday and Easter. I do find it more than curious that they pick and choose the days they want to celebrate and … Read More

Holy Thursday

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Sacraments, Spirituality, The Church

Today is Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday. Historically the liturgies of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week do not differ much at all but today the week changes. Liturgically, Lent ends with the Eucharist on this day. This day is the first day of what has been called the Easter Triduum, the three-day period which solemnly celebrates the greatest … Read More

Have We Missed Jesus in the Church?

John ArmstrongJesus

I find it more than odd, but terribly common, that Christians know very little about Jesus. Most Christians know very little about Christian doctrine and practice but they know even less about Jesus. The reason for this is not hard to find in most contexts. First, ministers did not learn much about Jesus in college and seminary. In the best … Read More