April 6, 2012 |
The Easter season is a celebration of deliverance, and the liturgical calendar sets up Easter Week as a kind of catharsis. Holy Thursday and the Last Supper have an ominous feel because they are preparation for Good Friday and the dolorous story of Jesus' crucifixion. Yet two days later, the tale ends in triumph and resurrection. Whatever questions Christians may have about the meaning of that empty tomb, most of us have experienced a sense of joy when the words "He is risen, alleluia!"
April 6, 2012
Saturday-Sunday Tribute to Wilt A photo and video exhibition of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain is planned for Saturday and Sunday, featuring a commemorative $10 program book on the 50th anniversary of his 100-point game. The limited edition book, published by the Philadelphia Tribune, will be available during the Black History and Cultural Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain, a former Overbrook High star, and NBA star, scored 100 points in leading the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. Saturday-Sunday Showcase for Easter weekend The Black History and Culture Showcase at the Convention Center this weekend also offers free events 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
January 4, 2012 |
COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco gave me a call last week. It was the day after she "retired" for a day, thereby pocketing the cool lump sum of $478,057 thanks to the DROP program. She thought our treatment of her windfall was racist; we'd superimposed her face on a seemingly rich lady's body, outside a Prada store and next to a Bentley (right). Register of Wills Ron Donatucci had also gotten a DROP payout, but we hadn't mentioned him. In other words, we went after the black lady and not the white guy. I told her that she'd have a point if our rabidly anti-DROP columnist Stu Bykofsky hadn't already treated Franny Rizzo and Frank DiCicco with the same level of outrage as we were now treating her. Those white males received the same ire we sent her way because, as lawmakers, they ought to be held to higher ethical standards than, say, a row-office holder.
January 1, 2012 |
CHIMAYO, N.M. - They come in pain and in prayer, seeking cures and a cup of sand from a tiny adobe church called Chimayo. For two centuries, Hispanic and Native American pilgrims have sought help from El Santuario de Chimayo (pronounced CHEE-mah-YOH), located in a mountain hamlet in northern New Mexico. They clutch pictures of sick loved ones, hobble weakly on crutches, and bring stories of hopeless conditions. They leave small slips of paper asking for mercy and miracles, promise to give up drinking and show more compassion, and they light candles in front of images of saints and La Virgen de Guadalupe, patron of the Americas.
April 2, 2010 |
Easter time is a reminder of our mortality - that we will die. But 70 percent of Americans believe religion can lead to eternal life, according to a study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. In the secular age we live in, spirituality seems to loom larger when we are about to die. Once we stare death square in the face, most of us will want to believe it is not a separation, but a transformation - not termination, but transcendence. As Rousseau wrote, "He who pretends to look on death without fear lies.
March 30, 2007 |
The Easter traditions of the Swedish may very well fool you into thinking it's October. People believed that witches, whom they called "Easter hags," practiced black magic during Easter Week. On Maundy Thursday, a day observing the feast of the Last Supper, Swedish children dress as witches to go door to door seeking candy from their neighbors much like Halloween. Instead of a flowering pastel bonnet, children wear a paskris, a headdress made of twigs and feathers to welcome spring.
April 6, 2001 |
Several area churches have announced schedules for Easter holiday services. The Marple-Newtown Clergy Association is sponsoring a community Good Friday service from noon to 3 p.m. next Friday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 100 Media Line Rd., Newtown Square. Worshipers are urged to come whenever they wish and stay as long as they want. Marple Christian Church, 475 Lawrence Rd., Broomall, will hold a Holy Communion and Tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tenebrae is from the Latin word for "darkness" and refers to Christ's final hours.
April 2, 1999 |
"It doesn't smash you in the face, but rather causes you to enter into it," said the Rev. Shawn Tracy in describing his music. "There's a mystery there, and you want to explore it yourself. " Father Tracy, an Augustinian priest and a campus minister at Villanova University, is the creator of Sanctuary, a group of 12 men and women - more or less - who perform original "ritual music for prayer and contemplation. " On Wednesday night, to commemorate Holy Week and the events leading up to the celebration of Easter, Sanctuary performed its latest work, The Passion, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church on campus.
March 29, 1996 |
Bad weather, bad judgment and low expectations could add up to the least-attended Opening Day in Philadelphia in years, Phillies president Bill Giles said. "Not good," he said yesterday when asked about advance sales for Monday's game against Colorado, which were just short of 30,000. That's more than 10,000 short of presold tickets for recent years. Giles blamed several factors for the disappointing sales. "One, it's a week earlier," he said. "Two, the weather has been bad. Three, Easter week has always been a bad week.
April 15, 1995 |
Eastertide is not normally associated with a busy auction schedule, but starting tomorrow there are sales every day of next week. TOMORROW. Tomorrow's sale will begin at 8 a.m. at Miller's Auction on Repaupo Road in Repaupo, N.J., just off Exit 14 of Interstate 295, and will probably last all day. Among the items it will feature are glassware, jewelry, furniture, oriental rugs, paintings and a large number of prints. Inspection is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. For further information call 609-467-4834.