Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Holy Week 2009

We follow Jesus this week as He travels the road to Calvary. As we meditate on His suffering and death on the cross, we pray in hope and thanksgiving that His Sacrifice will not have been in vain in our own lives. With our own crosses united to His, we await His Resurrection... and ours too.

After Easter, this blog will come to life again...

1 comment:

Robert Dibdale said...

My prayer is for a Holy Week in which the solemn liturgies of the Sacred Triduum will be celebrated in their integrity without the minimalism (sometimes presented as "simplicity")and recast ceremony so sadly widespread in our diocese. Let us stand for the Passion both on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Let us use a crucifix on Good Friday Mrs. Donovan - just as our father's did and they still do in Rome (and almost everywhere else in the Latin Church). Let us use incense and chant the reproaches just as the liturgy recommends (and, yes, incense is required on Holy Thursday). Let us ring the sacring bells once again and liberate the clapper from the closet to which it's been banished. Let us receive the liturgy instead of presuming to be its master or spending our time searching the rites for ambiguities that appear to give us an option to do the least possible or misrepresent Latin phrases (e.g. "crux")to suit our minimalist preferences. Don't let the "Protestant cough" (an unfortunate ailment that develops when low Church Protestants & minimalist Catholics witness even an unlit thurible) cause us to forget that beauty is part of Catholicism and that Mary did the Lord a good turn in applying the costly ointment to His feet (John 11: 2). Our interest in the social Gospel need not turn us into liturgical minimalists. And, liturgical minimalists, in justice, should not impose their preference for minimalism on other parishioners, priests, and deacons (recall that our deacons have been directed by our bishop's liturgy office to stand during the consecration at precisely the point that the latest missal directs them to kneel-should the deacon respect our venerable tradition and the missal's rubric or our diocesan Office of Worship-and why does the Office of Worship insist on putting deacons in this quandary).