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The cover image of this Holy Week issue is El Greco’s Pietà. It’s one of the many works in the current exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, which Nathan Mason reviews.

In the News section, Kirk Petersen lists the rapidly evolving milestones of the pandemic, with an emphasis on Episcopal angles. He also contributes an obituary for Barbara Harris, the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion.

In addition to his De terra veritas column tracing the history of liturgies in times of special need, Mark Michael covers the election of the Primate of All Ireland and the authentication of the bones of a seventh-century saint.

The Diocese of Western Massachusetts has hosted its third annual Blessing of the Journalists, celebrating a profession that sometimes seems under siege. G. Jeffrey MacDonald has the story.

Steven R. Ford visits the Church of South India and traces its history as an Anglican province.

In our Ethics column, Stewart Clem dives deeply into biblical inconsistencies about lying.

Stephen Platen reviews Philippe Herreweghe’s recording of Bach’s St. John’s Passion. For Episcopalians in self-quarantine, Paul F.M. Zahl suggests four movies with a Christian message of persistence under extreme stress.

Book reviewers consider everything from prayer and Good Friday sermons to the emotions of Jesus and the works of Dorothy L. Sayers.

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  • Accelerating Timeline of a Pandemic
  • Bishop Barbara Harris Dies at 89


  • Journalism’s Higher Calling | By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
  • CSI’s Passion for Autonomy and Liberation
    By Steven R. Ford


  • el Greco exhibition: Window to a Spiritual World
    By Nathan Mason
  • St. John Passion | By Stephen Platten
  • Hopeful Movies for Episcopalians in Self-Quarantine
    By Paul F.M. Zahl


  • Lying | By Stewart Clem


  • Three Hours: Sermons for Good Friday
    Review by Jacob Smith
  • The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers
    Review by J. Scott Jackson
  • Heart and Soul | Review by Joseph L. Mangina
  • Seeking the God Beyond | Review by David Moser


  • De terra veritas
  • People & Places
  • Sunday’s Readings


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