A Thought for Pentecost, by Joan Grenfell

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter Day. It recalls the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples waiting in the upper room for this promised gift. Some of you will remember, as I do, growing up with Whitsunday being the name of the Sunday recalling...

A Thought for Ascension Day, by Joan Grenfell

I don’t do ‘goodbyes’ very well.  I find them too emotional, too painful. When I left, after 7 years, my first teaching post, I could not bring myself to be present in the staff room for the traditional ‘saying goodbye’.  I had enjoyed the 7 years and had made good...

A Thought for Easter Day, by Joan Grenfell

‘Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus….. And behold 2...

A Thought for Good Friday, by Joan Grenfell

‘When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished.’ And he bowed His head, and gave up his spirit.’   ‘It is finished!’ is a common enough expression which each of us will have used perhaps many times during our lives……. as when that tapestry or...

A Thought for Maundy Thursday, by Joan Grenfell

‘ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’   Maundy Thursday is an important date in the Royal calendar. It is the day on which the Queen visits cathedrals around the country to present a...