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Beth A. Richardson

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Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

Jesus said to [Mary], "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
- John 20:15-17 (NRSV)


Audio Lectio for Easter Sunday: Pray John 20:11-18.

Scripture Readings for Easter Sunday (March 27)

A note from Beth:

Photo Credit: © Beth A. Richardson. Dogwood bloom outside The Upper Room.


Holy Saturday

We wait in sorrow and in hope.

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. ... And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
- John 19:40, 42 (NRSV)


Scripture Readings for Holy Saturday (March 26)

A note from Beth:

Photo Credit: Photo © Beth A. Richardson. The Pietà by Michelangelo housed in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.


Good Friday

Healed by his bruises.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
- Isaiah 53:4-5 (NRSV)


Audio Lectio for Good Friday: Pray the scriptures with us. The reading for today is John 19:16-30.

Scripture Readings for Good Friday (March 25)

A note from Beth:

Photo Credit: © Beth A. Richardson. On the wall near the cemetery in Vernazza, Italy.


Maundy Thursday

Eat and drink ... and remember.

When Jesus had given thanks, he broke [the bread] and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
- 1 Corinthians 11:24-26 (NRSV)


Scripture Readings for Maundy Thursday (March 24)

A note from Beth:

Photo Credit: © Beth A. Richardson. SOULfeast communion setting.


Wednesday of Holy Week

Take heart. Watch. Wait. Pray.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
- Hebrews 12:1-3 (NRSV)


Scriptures for Wednesday of Holy Week (March 23)

A note from Beth:

Photo Credit: © Beth A. Richardson.