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Love Set Free
Meditations on Christ’s Passion
by Martin L. Smith
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published:31 October 2011
There are three ways of using the meditations in this book which are suggested in the introduction:
One each week of Lent, enabling the meditations to sweep in waves over our consciousness.
One each day of Holy Week – with a particularly appropriate meditation on the silence of the grave for Holy Saturday.
Using them all on Good Friday – perhaps especially helpful for someone who is unable to go to worship that day.
They are ‘invitations to allow the images that John has gathered together in his Gospel to resonate deeply in your imagination in a unique way’.
Originally published in 1998 and based on addresses at a 3-hour Good Friday service the previous year the meditations are:
Embodiment – Ecce Homo
Vulnerability – There they crucified him
Intimacy – When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved
Desire – I am thirsty
Union – One of the soldiers pierced his side
Silence – the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there
I quote from the back-cover reviews:
‘A rich stimulus to personal devotion’ – Robert Atwell, Bishop of Stockport
‘Time and again a forceful challenging phrase will make us pause, reflect, pray’ – Esther de Waal
Recommendation: I plan on using this book myself during Holy Week. Excellent!
Reviewer: Nick Horton (03/02/12)