It was a Christmas present, a surprise only to me – the rest of the family had all but failed to keep it a secret… tickets to see Adele in concert! Adele has had a way of imposing herself upon the soundtrack of our family life. Continue reading “The church of Adele”
On Good Friday in Summertown, the Clarendon Quartet performed Josef Haydn’s, Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross. In 1783, the Cathedral of Cadiz in Spain commissioned the great composer Joseph Haydn to write a musical setting for these sayings.
Palm Sunday is a threshold moment, when we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we re-enact his path to holiness and listen to the dramatic rendition of the Gospel of the Passion. Continue reading “Travelling into Holy Week”
It was not the film with John Wayne or even the re-make starring Jeff Bridges which inspired the title and theme of this blog post, it was my wife’s insistence that I write about grit! Using a great deal of perseverance herself, she brought to my attention this small scale, gritty phenomena. Grit is the title of a book by Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Continue reading “True Grit”
You don’t have to travel across the continent of Europe in order to experience passion, especially in the Christian sense of the word. Passion Plays are beginning to spring up in the unlikeliest places – Port Talbot, Manchester, Auchtermuchty, and closer to home, Abingdon and Woodstock. Continue reading “Passion”