Heartfelt Easter greetings and good wishes to all readers of Anglicans Online on this Easter, the crown of the year. Love has overcome death and life has triumphed over the graveand even there we make our song:
One can't read the (online) papers at this time of the year without finding reflections on the Meaning of It All. Some are maudlin, others startling, and some simply boring. Not so with two we bring to your attention: American writer Anne Lamott's Breaking the Surface (if you're sensitive to expletives, read with caution). And London parish priest Simon Parke's take on arrows from the skyOne in the Eye for Godis one of our perennial favourites.
Even last week, Holy Week, we learnt of new resources to add to our listings. You'll find them all gathered for you in New This Week. And in our News Centre you'll see that it appears that Anglicans were, in general, too much occupied in church or prayer (or both) to be prominent in the news. As usual, we report all that seems to us worth reporting: Brian's 20-second overview gives you the highlights.
Joy and merriment are the hallmarks of this season. As we mused about the nature of true joy, for some quite inexplicable reason we recalled an old Greek story told by that spinner of tales, Herodotus (VI, 129). Here's how TE Lawrence describes it in a letter to a friend:
Hippoclides remarked to his shocked potential father-in-law something like: 'Hippoclides doesn't care!' Lawrence's whimsical translation was 'wyworri'. What better motto for us who profess and call ourselves Christian, to carve over our doors for the next great 50 days? Let death do its worst: Like Hippoclides, we don't care! Our Lord has overcome the powers of evil: Wyworri, indeed?
See you next week. And, God willing, next year, at Eastertide. A L L E L U I A!
Last updated: 15 April 2001
*Sydney Carter, Lord of the Dance