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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, April 01, 2007
    Three Holy Week Sermons, by James Alison
     
    I want to say how very honoured I am that you should trust me enough to allow me into your lives at this sacred time. If Lent is like a long drawn out visit to the dentist, Holy Week is open heart surgery. So it's a very great honour that you trust someone to come and stand in the operating theatre with you. Fear not, Our Lord is the surgeon and the anaesthetist. I'm just handing around the scalpels and forceps. But because it's a question of our heart, we are in Holy Space, it's a very, very great privilege to be honoured by you, that you feel safe enough to come and share some of that time with me.

    - that's how James Alison introduces the first of his Three Holy Week Sermons from 2006, just transcribed online in time for three probably very fruitful days in their company.