CRYING STONES

– A CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE FOR EASTER 2020 — created by Kristy Shellenberger Yordy and Nina B Lanctot

Jesus said, “If the people are silent the stones will cry out.”

LISTEN TO THE STONES CRY (Matt 27:59-61)

Narrator

Joseph took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there…

We have gathered together, each of us bringing 12 small stones and anointing oil. As we listen to these stones and their stories, they mark a scripture journey of Love and the Beloved. We hear the voices of the Shulamite and her Partner in the Song of Songs, and Mary Magdalene and Jesus in the Gospels. These stones, these stories, accompany us now as well, in The Great Dying and The Great Awakening on our planet.

EVERY TIME WE HEAR A READING, WE WILL TAKE UP ONE STONE.

EVERY TIME WE CHANT FOLLOWING THE READING,

WE WILL SET DOWN ONE STONE,

There will be four longer silences in which to listen to and anoint the stones. Use some oil or lotion that is meaningful to you much as Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus feet and head with fragrant ointment. It is a loving and soothing and blessing ritual of facing life and death with a dearly beloved one. 

SINGING BOWL

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  1. FIRST READING FROM HAFIZ

           (take up a stone)

 

“How did the rose ever open

its heart

and give to the world

all of its beauty?

It felt the encouragement

of light against its being.

Otherwise,

we all remain too

frightened.”

 

CHANT (set down one stone)  “Slowly blooms the rose within”

 

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  1. A SECOND READING FROM THE SONG OF SONGS (take up a stone)

 

Female reader:  I am the rose of the plains of sharon,

the lily of the valley.

 

I am black and becoming,

daughters of Jerusalem.

 

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.

 

CHANT (anoint and set down one stone)  “Slowly blooms the rose within”

 

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  1. A THIRD READING FROM THE SONG OF SONGS (take up a stone) 

 

Male reader:     A garden locked, my sister, my bride;

a garden locked; a fountain sealed.

A garden spring,

a well of living water,

flowing torrents from Lebanon

 

Female reader: Awake, north wind!

Come, south wind!

Let breathe, my garden,

let flow, its spices.

 

Male reader:     I have come to my garden,

my sister, my bride,

I have gathered my myrrh with my spice,

drunk my wine with my milk.

 

CHANT (anoint and set down one stone)  “Slowly blooms the rose within”

 

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  1. A FOURTH READING FROM THE SONG OF SONGS (take up a stone) 

 

Female reader: Set me as a seal upon your heart,

as a seal upon your arm.

For love is as strong as death,

passion as fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire,

the very flame of Yah.

Many waters cannot quench love,

neither can floods drown it.

 

CHANT (anoint and set down one stone)  “Slowly blooms the rose within”

 

“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to the world all of its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light against its being.

Otherwise, we all remain too frightened.” (~Hafiz)

 

SINGING BOWL

SILENCE – Listen as the stones cry out and anoint the stones with fragrant oil.

SINGING BOWL

 

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  1. A GOSPEL READING  Jesus and Mary Magdalene Went (Luke 8:1-3a)

Narrator

Jesus went through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kin-dom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others…

 

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)  sing once

 

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  1. A GOSPEL READING Jesus and Mary Magdalene Worked (Luke 8:3b)

Female Reader

[Mary called Magdalene and Joanna and Susanna and many other women provided for Jesus] out of their resources.

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)  sing once

 

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  1. A GOSPEL READING   Jesus and Mary Magdalene Wept (Matt 23:37-39)

Male Reader

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love”

(set down one stone)  sing once

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  1. GOSPEL READING Jesus and Mary Magdalene Prepare for Death (John 12:1-8)

Narrator

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where he had raised Lazarus the dead man to life.

Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus. Lazarus’s sister Martha waited on them.

Then Mary took a pound of costly perfume with nard and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair.

Indeed, Mary took a pound of costly perfume and anointed the head of Jesus. And the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Then Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, the disciple who would betray Jesus, remarked:

“This perfume could have been sold for over three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor.”

Narrator

But Jesus rebuked him saying:

Male reader

“Leave her alone. Leave her alone. Leave her alone.”

“Was she not keeping it for the day of my burial? Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed all over the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

“What she has done will be told in memory of her.”

 

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)

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SINGING BOWL

SILENCE – Listen as the stones cry out and anoint the stones with fragrant oil. 

SINGING BOWL

   

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  1. GOSPEL READING Jesus and Mary Magdalene: Vigil (Mark 15:37, 40)

Narrator

“Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last . . .

And the women looked on from a distance included Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James . . .”

 

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)  sing once

 

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 10. GOSPEL READING Mary Magdalene at Jesus’ Burial (Matt 27:59-64)

Narrator

“Joseph of Arimathea took down the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb. He rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw where the body was laid, and they remained, sitting by the tomb.”

 

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)  sing once

 

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 11. GOSPEL READING Mary Magdalene and Jesus at the Tomb (Luke 24:1–3)

Narrator

“On the first day of the week, when it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary brought spices to anoint Jesus. But the stone was gone and he was not there. An angel of the Lord said, ‘Do not be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus. He is not here. He has been raised from death, as he told you. Come and see! Go and tell the others.’”

Jesus himself appeared to Mary Magdalene, but she did not recognize him.

Male:     “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

Female:  “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him . . . ” 

 Male:      “Mary.”

Female:  “Teacher.”

Male:      “Do not cling to me . . . go and tell the others.”

Narrator:  So Mary Magdalene departed and told the disciples what she had seen.

 

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)

 

SINGING BOWL

SILENCE  – Listen as the stones cry out and anoint the stones with fragrant oil.

SINGING BOWL

 

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  1. THE TWELFTH STONE

 (Mark 16:4)

 Narrator

When Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome looked up, they saw the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.

CHANT  “Fall Fearless into Love” (set down one stone)

 

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SILENCE      A TOUCH STONE – pick up and anoint a small stone.

Place it in your pocket and carry it with you, continuing to listen for the mystery that love is stronger than death.

SINGING BOWL

 

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THE MAGDALENE’S BLESSING by Jan Richardson

You hardly imagined

standing here,

everything you ever loved

suddenly returned to you,

looking you in the eye

and calling your name.

 

And now

you do not know

how to abide this ache

in the center

of your chest,

where a door

slams shut

and swings open

at the same time,

turning on the hinge

of your aching

and hopeful heart.

I tell you,

this is not a banishment

from the garden.

 

This is an invitation,

a choice,

a threshold,

a gate.

 

This is your life

calling to you

from a place

you could never

have dreamed,

but now that you

have glimpsed its edge,

you cannot imagine

choosing any other way.

So let the tears come

as anointing,

as consecration,

and then

let them go.

 

Let this blessing

gather itself around you.

 

Let it give you

what you will need

for this journey.

 

You will not remember

the words—

 

they do not matter.

 

All you need to remember

is how it sounded

when you stood

in the place of death

and heard the living

call your name.

 

© Jan Richardson

 

SINGING BOWL

QUAKER SILENCE

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BLESSING

 

All you need to remember

is how it sounded

when you stood

in the place of death

and heard the living

call your name.

 

SINGING BOWL

 

Jan Richardson Blessing
http://sanctuaryofwomen.com/blog/the-magdalenes-blessing/

Rose Chant

https://theooow.com/resources/contemplative-chants/

Fall Fearless into Love Chant by Darlene Franz

https://wisdomchant.bandcamp.com/track/fall-fearless-into-love-trio-version

 

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