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Saturday, March 30, 2013

~ Triduum Sacrum ~ Part Two: Good Friday

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Following Holy Thursday is, of course, Good Friday.  This day commemorates the day Jesus was executed on the Cross.

We began our day with an hour of Adoration at our Cathedral.

Contemplating the Passion of Our Lord...


While, at our parish, Lauds and Stations of the Cross were prayed.
We began the commemoration of Christ's death on the Cross with the Liturgy of the Hours. 
"O God, come to my assistance."
+  "O Lord, make haste to help me."
"Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen."
The altar is stripped bare.  Jesus in not here. 
There is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Good Friday...not anywhere!

"O Sacred Head Surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore thee,
And tremble as they gaze..."
                                                                    ~ O Sacred Head Surrounded (Hymn)

Then, we sing the beautiful and soul piercing Lenten Lamentations.  My favorite.
(my personal favorite...this devotion was introduced to us by our pastor)
*Foreword, by John Cardinal Krol, about Bitter Lamentations below. 
(Borrowed from my parish's booklet)

Ancient chants retracing the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ; The devotion incorporates prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation, inviting participants to reflect on the mystery of Christian redemption, the Passion and death of the Christ.

The Lamentations take the shape of a three-part cycle; one part is sung each Sunday afternoon service. Each of the three parts has a parallel form and structure, with repeated musical motifs.

The Lamentations highlight the very emotional nature of Christian spirituality, inviting a personal identification with the Suffering Lord and His Mother.
Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord &
Veneration of the Cross
Shoes removed.  Our priests humbly approach the Cross.
The Faithful, follow...
Holy Communion followed by The Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Novena
Ending with Adoration of Jesus in the Tomb...
It was a very beautiful Good Friday.
*Throughout the season of Lent, the Church invites us to meditate upon the mystery of our redemption - the Passion and death of Our Lord.
     The ancient poets of Poland, drawing upon the Sacred Scriptures and the religious traditions of the people, used the medium of literary art to unfold, beautifully and devoutly, the heart-rending story of Our Saviour's Passion and our salutary reaction to it.  This literary medium, under the title Bitter Lamentations, became a very popular lenten devotion, incorporating prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation.  It served as an excellent medium for reflection and a deepening appreciation of the mystery of Redemption.
     The Second Vatican Council called for renewal and for a more active participation in the Liturgy of the Word and of the Eucharist.  It also encouraged the continuation and promotion of non-liturgical devotions as a means of advancing piety.  For this reason, it is a pleasure to recommend the use of the "Lamentations" as a devotion which, for centuries, has been attractive and advantageous in promoting a proper observance of the Lenten Season and in preparing Christians for a worthy celebration of the Paschal Mystery."
~  John Cardinal Krol
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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  1. Your Good Friday (or Lent and Holy Week, for that matter) is so steeped in tradition and prayer and opportunities for meditation. I am going to take down notes for next year's Holy Week; thanks heaps! Pardon my ignorance, but are some of the prayers from the Divine Office? I've been postponing exploring the Divine Office for my own use... maybe it's about time!

    Have a blessed Easter!

    1. Hi Marcia,
      We have only been praying the Divine Office for the past 8 years...never prayed them before (didn't know how to, or anything about them). Our Catholic Faith is so rich & deep, that I find myself always learning & discovering...a lifetime would only scratch the surface.
      The particular prayers we prayed were from Psalm 40:2-14, 17-18; Psalm 54:1-6, 8-9; Psalm 88; with the reading from the book of Isaiah 53:4-5.
      You can get a lot of information from divineoffice.org website,
      which has the days readings as well as how to pray, etc. Two user friendly books that we use at home are "Night Prayerbook Compline Liturgy of the Hours (Sacros)" and "Evening Prayerbook Sunday Vespers Liturgy of the Hours (Patmos).
      For mornings we use "Christian Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours (Catholic Book Publishing Co)
      Hope this helps...

      Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen! Have a blessed Easter...all 50 days!


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