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The Nail

Being Part of the Passion

by Stephen Cottrell


Price: £6.99
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published:November 2011
‘Who killed Christ?’ This short book (Stephen Cottrell is good at short books) poses this question and gives the main players in the drama of Good Friday the opportunity to justify themselves and their actions on that day, written as a series of monologues. The origins of the book go back to 1987 when the author was serving his first curacy and was challenged by his training incumbent to compose a meditation to precede the Liturgy for Good Friday. It has been re-worked and used in various ways since then but this is the first time it has been published. It is set out in such a way that the material can be used for either Lent group work, or as a drama in church. As I read through the book, I could see immediately in my mind's eye how we could use it in our church as the contents are very easy to use. Having said that, the idea of using real nails as physical reminders of our own part in the crucifixion is challenging and I could see the nails being used in a similar way to the palm crosses of Palm Sunday.

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Reviewer: Barbara Andrew   (19/12/11)
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