Past Issue # 4
The theme of the 4th issue is Christ's last word on the Cross, meaning "It is complete!". This continues and builds on the last month's theme "Bystanders on Sundays". A lot happens towards the end of Lent, so there is much to explore and cover.
Holy Week and Lent is the time when churches are filled with people but many of those often disappear right after Resurrection Eve. It's the time when a lot is done from rote and memory, and Holy Week can be of nothing more than sentimentality and nostalgia brought on by rituals like the Doxology refrain Thok Te Ti Gom or the taa'mia (Ar. falafel) after Good Friday.
Lots of people come and go, get lost in the sea of familiarity and human custom during this time. The essays for this issue of Efmevi need to be anchors for those people, anchors able to draw them back to the simple story of salvation; Christ dying and arising for all. The anchors have to be strong enough to carry people back to God and relevant enough for people to hold on to them.
You've heard a lot of words over and over again about Lent, Holy Week, and the Resurrection. You may have lost trust in what you have been taught. Maybe it didn't work in practice. Maybe it didn't make sense when it was taught.
This issue strives to confound readers' expectations about the last 3 Sundays of Lent, Holy Week, and the Feast of the Resurrection.
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