Easter Multimedia

I have been asked to provide links to the various video clirisenps that were played at St Paul’s during the Holy Week and Easter liturgies. So here goes:

Palm Sunday

Dan Stevers, Son of Man: http://www.danstevers.com/store/son_of_man/

Holy Thursday

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Good Friday, 10am Stations of the Cross

  1. Prelude – Dan Stevers, Scars: http://www.danstevers.com/store/scars/
  2. After Station 7 – Igniter Media, Sounds of the Cross (Part 1): https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/3587-sounds-of-the-cross
  3. After Station 12 – Dan Stevers, Voices of the Cross (Good Friday): http://www.danstevers.com/store/voices_of_the_cross/
  4. Conclusion – Centerline New Media, Forgive (Good Friday): https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/3965-forgive-good-friday

Good Friday, Reconciliation after Stations

  1. Dan Stevers, King of Kings: http://www.danstevers.com/store/king_of_kings/
  2. Fr Rob Galea: No Greater Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXixy4wIXsc
  3. Igniter Media: Sunday’s Comin: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/20-sunday-s-comin
  4. Centerline New Media, By His Wounds: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/3949-by-his-wounds-good-friday

Good Friday, 3pm Veneration of the Cross

  1. Dan Stevers, BC: http://www.danstevers.com/store/b_c_/
  2. Dan Stevers, YHWH (free): http://www.danstevers.com/store/yhwh/
  3. Shift Media, On the Cross: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4538-on-the-cross
  4. Centerline New Media, By His Wounds: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/3949-by-his-wounds-good-friday
  5. RightNow Media, Grace Carries: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4493-grace-carries

Good Friday, Reconciliation after the Passion

  1. Journey Box Media, Always Will: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/3696-always-will
  2. Dan Stevers, King of Kings: http://www.danstevers.com/store/king_of_kings/
  3. Fr Rob Galea: No Greater Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXixy4wIXsc
  4. Igniter Media: Sunday’s Comin: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/20-sunday-s-comin

Easter Vigil

  1. Creation Story (edited): Genesis Creation: https://vimeo.com/68619341
  2. Transition: Steelehouse Media, His Finest Hour: http://steelehousemedia.com/products/his_finest_hour_film
  3. After the Homily: Igniter Media, He’s Still Risen: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4246-he-s-still-risen

Easter Sunday, 7:30am

  1. Before Mass: Floodgate Productions, Begin Again: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4245-begin-again
  2. After the Homily: Floodgate Productions, This is Easter
  3. Communion: Igniter Media, Because He lives: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/863-because-he-lives

Easter Sunday, 9.30am

  1. Before Mass: Floodgate Productions, Begin Again: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4245-begin-again
  2. After the Homily: Journey Box Media, The Risen Way: https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4537-the-risen-way

Easter Sunday – Belief and Amazement

empty-tombSt Luke in the first of his Easter stories (Luke 24:1-12) provides us with a story of two contrasting reactions to the discovery of the empty tomb. The women, who unlike the apostles, stayed with Jesus through his ordeal on the cross, and began their preparations for his burial on the afternoon of Good Friday, now return at dawn on the third day to continue the ritual of properly embalming the body. Unlike the practices of other cultures, the Jewish burial custom was in two stages: the first, which the women were doing, was to wrap the body, usually in expensive clothes packed with spices, in order to facilitate the decomposition of the body – and to cover the smell for any who were foolish enough to come near. After the body had decomposed, then the bones were collected and transferred to the final resting place – an ossuary which would then be laid to rest in its final place. It was a very efficient way to use space and limited resources. So they would know where the body was buried and were simply returning to complete their duty and devotion to the one they loved. They had no anticipation that the tomb would be empty…

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Recorded at St Paul’s, Easter Sunday 9.30am (8 mins)

Easter Vigil – Begin in the beginning

The scripture readings that are offered to us each year during the Easter Vigil are so rich and beautiful. It would be great to be able to spend time reflecting on each reading in turn – but tonight let us at least begin in the beginning and consider the wonderful poem that opens the strange library of books that we call the bible – the account of creation in Genesis 1.

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Recorded at St Paul’s, Easter Vigil (17 mins)

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Exclusion and Embrace on the Cross

cross-sunsetTo gather each Good Friday for prayer around an instrument of Roman torture is still a very strange practice to have. To sing songs and come forward in procession to touch, embrace or kneel before this sign of brutality and terrorism… It can also be a very difficult exercise to reconcile the fragility and weakness of both Jesus and the early church with the power and domination of the contemporary church – even if it has been dramatically weakened by the ongoing scandals of sexual abuse and the increasing irrelevance with which the rest of contemporary post-modern society considers the church. Although weak, the church continues to so often act against the basic impulse of the cross – to embrace sin and offer redemption to the whole world.

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Recorded at St Paul’s (11:46)
Solemn Commemoration of the Passion

Prayer Reflection on the Cross

cloudy_crossA short prayer on the cross offered at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross.

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Recorded at St Paul’s, 10am service (1:47)
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross


Holy Thursday – Meals transformed

footwashingMass of the Lord’s Supper – a reflection on the person of Jesus who spends so much of his life eating meals with all the wrong kinds of people. Tonight we are invited to allow this meal to transform – not only the bread into his body and the wine into his blood – but also that we may be transformed as well.

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Recorded at St Paul’s AP (6mins 27secs)

Passion and Sorrow

palm-sundayEach year we are invited to be part of this mad emotional journey on this day that begins with such joy, wonder and jubilation as we join the crowds in their shouts of Hosanna and glory, lining the roadway from the Parish Centre across the carpark into the church, with palms and greenery aplenty, joyful shouts and singing to accompany the procession into the church – only to be greeted by the first song of the suffering servant in the first reading, the Carmen Christi in the second reading, and then the profoundly sorrow-filled reading of the passion.

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A brief reflection for Passion Sunday (2 mins)
Passion Gospel, Luke 23

Reflection video: Dan Stevers, Son of Man

Moving Mercy – part 5 – rocks and release

We conclude this series today with the beautiful gospel of “the woman caught in the very act of committing adultery” from John 8. The Gospel is intriguing on so many levels not least because of the manuscript uncertainty concerning its placement in this location in John’s gospel – many early manuscripts do not include it all, others place it somewhere else, others in the gospel of Luke (which seems closer in language and style). It can be removed from John and not interrupt the flow of the narrative, yet including it here provides the background for the increased tension between Jesus and the Jewish officials, and a great counterpoint to the end of chapter 8 where the officials are again picking up stones – this time to throw at Jesus.

Even though I am no expert in such matters (that is my story, and I am sticking with it) – it would seem that if she was caught in the ‘very act’ of committing adultery, then her accomplice in this act should also be standing there naked alongside her – this seems to be the suggestion for the phrase that the woman was positioned ‘in full view of everybody’ in the square that day. The absence of her partner suggests that the crowd has another partner in view, which very quickly becomes Jesus as the questions are directed at him. This gospel is also the only place where it is recorded that Jesus wrote anything – so of course there has been tremendous speculation about what exactly it was that he was scribbling in the sand.

When he pronounced any kind of judgement it was against the collected crowd, inviting any who were without sin to be the first to cast the stone. Beginning with those who had the greatest opportunity to both sin and reflect upon their sin – the oldest are the first to lay down their stones and make their exit from the scene – until only two are left: in the words of St Augustine, misera et misericordia: the miserable and mercy. And there is no judgement that he passes upon her as he looks up into her still scared and frightened face: neither do I condemn you, go and do not sin again.

Learning to receive the mercy of the Lord is perhaps one of the most difficult things that we will ever do. Learning to allow that declaration that there is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) is beyond most of us. It just seems to be impossibly good news. So how can we lay down our stones and not exact revenge on others when we do not allow the mercy of the Lord to be received in our own souls?

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Recorded at St Paul’s, 7.30am (12min)
Lent, Sunday 5, Year C. John 8:1-11; Phil 3:8-15

Download the slides (PDF) Moving-mercy-5.pdf

Video Reflection: Dan Stevers – Identity (based on the writings of Rob Bell – of course!)
Communion Reflection: Margaret Rizza, “O Lord, Listen to my Prayer” from the album Complete Chants (Kevin Mayhew, Ltd) or at 7.30am Margaret Rizza, “Calm me Lord” – from the same album.

Moving Mercy – part 4 – two books

“A man had two sons. So begins one of the most moving and beautiful stories that Jesus told – Luke 15. We have often called this parable “The Prodigal Son” but that removes some of the richness – because all three characters are essential to this story – the prodigal son, the waiting father and the elder brother all add so much to the richness and beauty of this encounter with brokenness, mercy and grace. Reflecting on this story provides us with a beautiful illustration of the rich Jewish understanding of “T’Shuvah!” – the God who created us good, to share in his life through walking along the ways of the Lord – but acknowledges that we often wander away from the path. Always and forever, the Lord invites us to come on home and join in the feast. Unfortunately we are too often the older brother in this story and continue to slave away in service of a mean and stingy God. This is brought out in another story that Jesus tells in Matthew 18 – this time its the story of a king and two servants, one who owes a massive sum to the king and the other who owes the first slave a smaller sum. The king forgives the first, but the first is not able to learn from this grace and mercy and extend it to the one who owes him.

The God of the Broken continues to invite us to come on home and join in the feast with the fatted calf.

Recorded at St Paul’s, Vigil Mass.
Sunday 4, Season of Lent, Year C.