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Sounding the Seasons in time for Passiontide



From this coming Sunday, Passion Sunday, we move into the season of Passiontide which leads us through Holy Week into the heart of the Christian Faith in the Mystery of Christ’s Death and Resurrection.

now on Kindle

now on Kindle

Passiontide is also the core season, and forms the core sequences, in my sonnet cycle Sounding the Seasons. I will be re-posting the full cycle of the stations of the cross on passion Sunday itself and again on Good Friday, and during Holy week the sonnets composed for each day. So all the relevant poems will be available freely from this blog. But I know many churches and individuals wanting to use these poems in passiontide will be planning services in advance so it may be more convenient for them to have the book to hand as it contains indexes and appendices  specifically  designed to help with worship planning. It is available in the UK in a matter of days from Canterbury Press and from Amazon. However I understand there have been problems with obtaining copies in America. Canterbury only ship to the states every two months and the first shipment I think sold immediately. More will be sent, but in the meantime I am happy to say that a Kindle version will be available for instant download on March 21st which will at least be in time for Holy Week. Other non-kindle ebook formats will follow shortly. The Kindle version can be ordered already from these individual pages:

Amazon UK

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Letting Go for Lent

Van Gogh’s painting of The Sower

Sing a song of sowing, of carrying the seed

A song of hopeful planting, to meet a future need,

Sing a song of letting go, and falling to the ground,

Of burying that feels like loss, still waiting to be found

These are the opening words of a lyric I wrote for Redemption Song, a play about the story of Ruth and Naomi, but they have come back to me as I turn my thoughts to the late Lent that starts this month. It seems fitting that Lent, a season for ‘letting go’ should coincide with spring, a season for sowing seed. Perhaps we should see our Lenten observance as the ‘letting go’ of a Sower of Seed, and not just the ‘giving up’ of an Abstemious Pharisee. If there are things we choose to do without, perhaps we should let them go into God, drop them as seeds, into the good ground of His Love, so as to receive them back at his hand, in another form and another season. This is what Jesus did for his forty days in the wilderness. He let go, and said ‘no’ to the temptation to make stones into bread, to make a private feast in the desert. But God took the seed of what he had ‘let go’ and it bore fruit a hundred fold when he broke bread in that same wilderness and shared it with five thousand. God gave him back what he gave up, but in a newer and better form, made possible by that first letting go.

And that was true of the deepest letting go of all. When it comes to Holy Week and Passiontide we shall see Jesus let his whole life go into God; “into thy hands I commit my spirit” he says from the cross. But that Good Friday ‘letting go and falling to the ground’, that ‘burying that felt like loss’ was the prelude to a glorious finding, and giving back on Easter Day.

Perhaps we can so ‘let go’ our lives into God this Lent that we may find that God has let his life go into us too, has planted his Love, His Son, as a spring-sown seed, to grow in our lives from Easter and Beyond.

Oh and by the way the lyric I mentioned above is from a song, also simply called Redemption, which I hope will appear on my next cd. Meanwhile the full lyrics are here and you can hear an early ‘mix’ of the whole song  here, or by clicking on the ‘play’ button below.


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