Tag: holy week


Livid * – a poem of Holy Saturday


In the night after Holy Saturday - an angel. But before?An original icon in the collection of Charles LaFond Livid: A poem of Holy Saturday Livid bruises cover your still body. Plums. Blues. The resulting purple. The garden. The arrest. The savage beatings. And then in that cold, stone tomb...

Mary’s Other Song


Crucifixion Bas Relief #24: "With Rose". Stoneware, Cone 6, Rose Crystalline glaze, unglazed forms. Carved Bas Relief, 16.5 x 6 inches, Charles LaFond, artist. Lent, 2019, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary’s Other Song If I hold my hand against the wood, flat, like this I can feel your breathing from above....

Tenderness


This is the first Icon I ever had written by an Athonite friend whose icons I have always loved and of which I have requested a dozen originals over these 20 years of priestly ministry. Don’t be impressed.  The purchases represent money I should have invested for retirement.  Also they...

Tiaras, stars and darkness


In Holy Week one is rather more sensitive to darkness but also to its mystical beauty.  We are told that darkness and light are both of God even though we have created a myth that light is of God and darkness is somehow evil or bad.  Might that not simply...

Face-to-face


It is early in Holy Week and though I am no longer going to church, I am very much involved in the Way Jesus is walking this week.  Without tarting up the experience with liturgical window-dressing and other people’s words from other people’s pulpits, I find myself, in the deep...

hospitality and the abdomen


The human abdomen can be so lovely.  The Crucifixion Bas Relief, Clay with wax resist. April 13, 2019. Preparation for Good Friday firing. Charles LaFond, Potter We, each of us, have a human body.  We can all agree to begin there. It may be young or old, sick or well,...

Go quiet, and let it happen to you.


We carry things, tremulously,  into holy spaces, hands clutching at out throat. When my crucifixion icon cracked, it made sense. We carry our suffering to the cross. Two people carry the water and wine up and into the area around the altar to be given to the deacon as they...

the Good of Glory on a Friday


This image of Jesus on the cross comes from an icon I found in a dusty little shop underground in Istanbul.  It is Russian, late 19th century and is round, about the size of a large dinner plate. I chose it because I was on my way to be a...

Fluent in Thunder – a poem for Holy Week


  Fluent In Thunder It is hard to imagine what She felt that week. She covers the planet in green, brown, blue and every color of the rainbow-reminder. She waves as wheat. She swoons as flower. She bears the massive responsibility of air as tree. She waits as water. She...

by whom?


In Holy Week we are reminded that we, who claim to follow Jesus, are capable of betrayal.  And that betrayals come in all shapes and sizes, all motivations and permutations. They can be very small but cut over and over like a thousand paper cuts just as easily as they...