Let Us Keep The FeastLiving the Church Year at Home—Holy Week & Easter edition
by Lindsay Marshall and Jennifer Snell
Summary:A brief guide for individuals and families who want to celebrate the seasons of Holy Week and Easter in their daily lives.
Availability:Now available in print, ePub, mobi/Kindle, and PDF.
About The AuthorsLindsay Marshall is a teacher, writer, and horseback rider.
Jennifer Snell is a clergy spouse, mother, and homemaker.
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Brilliant and illuminating: that is the what I have found living the Church Year to be and what this book is.
John Mark N. Reynolds
Provost, Houston Baptist University
Summer and winter, day and night, work and rest. We are all familiar with these rhythms of life. This booklet introduces us to the rhythms of Christian life as lived according to the seasons of the Church year, with its feasts and fasts, its high-days and holidays. Helpful, challenging, and instructive: I recommend it.
Dr. Michael Ward
Author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
I am pleased to commend to you this wonderful little book on the Church Year entitled Let Us Keep the Feast. It will be helpful to anyone who wants to better understand and experience the spiritual growth that comes from living out the Christian Calendar. Each chapter ends with a number of suggestions to enrich the season, and this provides a variety of resources appropriate for children and families at home — music, fun activities, poetry, prayers, Scripture verses, and other suggested readings. I highly recommend it for any parent who wants to enhance the Sunday morning experience at Church by supplementing it with what takes place at home during the week.
The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
Jessica Snell has put together a simply invaluable resource for all of us, engaging doctrine, imagination, and the desire to engage deeply with the truths of Christian faith. Whatever our level of familiarity with Christian tradition, there is so much here to refresh and renew us not just for one year but for many to come. We are indebted to her and to all who have contributed to her fine work.
Ann Loades CBE
Professor Emerita of Divinity, University of Durham and Honorary Professor of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Accessible for the newcomer to liturgical tradition and informative even for those raised with it, Holy Week and Easter is packed with guidance as well as ideas for crafts, music, art, and poetry for adults and children. I look forward to using its recommendations.
Author of Story of Stories: A Guided Tour from Genesis to Revelation
Ever since Robert Webber introduced American Evangelicals to Ancient-Future worship in his books and workshops, there has been a need to provide also user-friendly explanations and resources to compliment the public aspects of corporate worship with accessible tools to grow the individual [and the Christian family at home] in their personal spiritual growth. Traditional books of piety are often incomprehensible to people new to the ancient traditions of the Church, besides often being meager in Scriptural references and overwhelming in non-Biblical legends and traditions. Jennifer Snell and Lindsay Marshall do a brilliant job of explaining the traditions of Holy Week [which go back to the earliest years of Christianity — even before Constantine's ending of the Roman persecution of Christians] firstly from their Scriptural sources, and the earliest primary sources of the Church as it began to create the seasons and rituals that made up the Church Year. The authors also exhibit a wide knowledge of resources in art, music, and literature relevant to the deepening of a Christian's personal encounter with the crucified and risen Lord. Best of all, they provide a variety of activities, recipes, and hands-on-activities which can give a Christian family numerous ways to allow their children to enter into these Biblical events and be transformed as well as informed by them. This series of books on the seasons and celebrations of the Christian year would benefit every Christian household, every pastor's study and every Sunday School resource center.
The Rev Dr Arnold W Klukas
Professor of Liturgy and Spirituality, Nashotah House Theological Seminary (retired)
Many people are rediscovering the hidden treasure of the church seasons, and especially the slow savouring of our salvation story through Lent Holy Week and Easter. Let Us Keep The Feast provides an excellent resource for those who would like to make this journey together. There are clear explanations of the traditions, excellent links to their roots in scripture and some fine suggestions for everything from further reading to things the whole family can do together. I strongly commend this project.
Author of Sounding the Seasons, Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year