The Silence of Calvary

Meditations on Good Friday

Christopher L. Webber

Dec/2021, 96 Pages, Paperback, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9781640654709



A meditation on the meaning of Good Friday and the value of silence.

Good Friday is not like any other time of the year, and Christians everywhere wonder about the best way to mark the day. Again and again, sermons and meditations have centered our attention on the words Jesus spoke from the cross, but those few, brief words would have needed only a few minutes on the first Good Friday. Seven chapters in this unique book consider the event, and the meaning, of the Crucifixion to our lives today, including the various ways in which silence plays a role in our daily lives.

So many of us are overwhelmed with words coming at us from all our electronic devices that the thought of more language has less appeal than it once did. On one of the holiest days of the year, these brief meditations are designed to call us into the silence that still speaks more loudly than words.

Christopher L. Webber, a graduate of Princeton University and the General Theological Seminary in New York, is an Episcopal priest who has led urban, rural, and overseas parishes. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to Christian Faith,Beyond Beowulf, and A Year with American Saints, co-authored with Lutheran Pastor G. Scott Cady. Webber grew up in Cuba, New York, and lives in San Francisco.

The Silence of Calvaryis an evocative and contemplative book that explores and exposes the story of the crucifixion in a new way. . . . Here, by moving into silence instead of words, Christopher Webber offers rich and challenging insights. This book is the perfect companion for Lent and Holy Week.”—Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Claremont School of Theology, Bloy House, the Episcopal School of Theology at Los Angeles

“In an era of frenetic activity and overflowing words, social media and twenty-four-hour news, Christopher Webber invites us to be silent before the work of Christ on the cross. There, we encounter both the seriousness of the human condition and the love of God for each one of us. This book is ideal for Lent or Holy Week devotions, but it can and should be returned to throughout the liturgical year as we keep the cross always before our eyes.”—Kara N. Slade, Associate Rector of Trinity Church, Princeton, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of New Jersey

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