The celebration continues with the Great Fifty Days called Eastertide. I hope you’re enjoying the Practice Resurrection series each week. Hallelujah! Christ is risen!
Look: Sky Ladder (2015), Cai Guo Qiang
Artist’s statement: “‘This is where I want to make a ladder to connect the Earth to the universe,’ said Cai in 1994, ahead of his first, unsuccessful attempt to realize the project. Bad weather kept him from attempting the piece. He was similarly stymied in Shanghai in 2001, due to post-9/11 security concerns, and in Los Angeles in 2012, when the permit was revoked due to the risk of forest fires.
One of several artist known for exploring fireworks as an art medium, Cai was also responsible for the pyrotechnic display that marked the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The artist actually built the fiery ladder to the heavens back in June, but only uploaded the video of the stunning work to YouTube this week, where it quickly caught fire online. Now a viral sensation, the artwork was a gift to Cai’s grandmother, who just turned a venerable 100 years old, and to the rest of his family and hometown of Quanzhou, China.”
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Monday (5/27) - Psalm 80; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; James 1:1-15; Luke 9:18-27
Tuesday (5/28) - Psalm 78; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; James 1:16-27; Luke 11:1-13
Wednesday (5/29) - Psalm 119:97-120;Baruch 3:24-37; James 5:13-18; Luke 12:22-31
Thursday (5/30) / Ascension Day - Psalm 8, 47; Ezekiel 1:1-14,24-28b; Hebrews 2:5-18; Matthew 28:16-20
Friday (5/31) - Psalm 85, 86; Ezekiel 1:28-3:3; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Luke 9:28-36
Saturday (6/1) - Psalm 87, 90; Ezekiel 3:4-17; Hebrews 5:7-14; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday Scripture readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C). Daily Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 1), using the Psalm selections for Morning Prayer. This week’s readings include the Baruch from the Apocrypha so I’ve linked to the RSV. Here’s a helpful commentary If you’re wondering if Anglicans (or other Protestants) read the Apocrypha.
In previous years, we've celebrated the Great 50 Days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday (aka, Eastertide) with a series I've dubbed Practice Resurrection (after the Wendell Berry poem). It's one of my favorite series all year, and I'm excited to start again. I need your photos and captions to make it work. To help prime the pump, I thought you might enjoy the list of ideas I brainstormed for simple ways to practice resurrection.
Choose 1 idea or 50, but whatever you do, do it with gusto!
Here's how you can share your photo stories with me for the blog:
1. Add something to your day that helps you practice resurrection (one day or fifty days -doesn't matter).
2. Take a picture and write a description in 1-50 words.
I look forward to hearing from you!
(See all Eastertide posts from 2018 here.)