For centuries, Passiontide and Eastertide have been seasons of increased devotion in the Christian Church. Christians attend more public services to commemorate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The faithful also spend more time in personal devotions during these holy seasons. This collection of meditations in verse is offered for private and family devotions. The poems in part one are organized according to a series of illustrations by renowned 19th-century artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Each of his 21 pictures of Holy Week and Eastertide events is followed by an excerpt from the NKJV Bible. Next comes a poem interpreting the illustrated event in the life of Jesus. Part two contains more poems that reflect on the events of Holy Week and Easter. The book contains 41 original poems, 18 of which match familiar hymn tunes.
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By Nancy Boriack
Feb 14, 2014
Kathryn Hill marries her insightful poetry with scripture to bring the reader a greater understanding of the events of Holy Week, Easter, the Resurrection and the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. The twenty-one poems in Part One walk through the events of Passiontide and Easter and are an ideal daily devotional or means to spend quiet time with the Lord. The scripture based poems are enhanced by beautiful illustrations from a nineteenth century artist. The twenty poems in Part Two are an added bonus of thought provoking verse describing Holy Week and Easter. I highly recommend this book to anyone desiring a greater understanding of Holy Week and Easter. Tuck this compact paperback into purse, backpack or briefcase and read a poem or two during free moments. You will grow in faith in Christ Jesus.
"Theology is doxology. Theology must sing." -- Martin H. Franzmann. Kathryn Ann Hill is no theologian and she is too modest to enjoy any comparison with the sainted Martin Franzmann. However, she shares with him a love of the Word of the Lord and a love of the English language. This is Kathryn's third book of verse. In all three she has wed the Word to illustration and her original verse. She is no exegetical scholar, but her reading of Scripture is deep and painstaking so that she has rendered verse that is clear and revealing. And, to be sure, some of her poems can be sung to traditional tunes.
Another poetic gem by Kathryn Ann Hill! In "The Holiest of Seasons: Poems and Pictures for Passiontide and Easter," Kathryn’s poetic craft is enhanced by her high Christology and her understanding of the human condition. She sees us in all our woe and wretchedness, and that makes her poetic proclamation of the Gospel all the sweeter. Consider: “The women wail, the soldiers goad, / Christ stumbles from the crushing load / Of sin and pain and woe He must annual; / Then once again He rises up / To carry on to drain His cup / Of suffering and crush the devil’s skull” (“To Golgotha,” p. 47). Her “When Mist Was Rising from the Land” beautifully tells the entire story of salvation and is worth the price of the book alone. Added premiums are the pictures by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld and the hymn tune suggestions for some of the poems.
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