Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

 


This image hangs on my office wall. I recently learned that St. Bernard asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering. Jesus answered, "I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through Its virtue and merit and in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins."
 
Our Lord is merciful.

We've had a fruitful Holy Week. I re-consecrated myself to Christ through Mary (it's my first anniversary on the Feast of the Annunciation) and we've been able to go for Mass several times. I am so thankful for the Lord continually drawing us near. The conversion is ongoing. Four years ago, when we were received into the Roman Catholic Church, was just the beginning. Words cannot express my joy. Maybe this is why I love to sing so much.

We've also been preparing music for the Sacred Triduum. Below, I give you a taste of the beautiful music which draws us into His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

I couldn't find the fugue-like arrangement we sang of O Sacrum Convivium for Maundy Thursday so I share this simple communion hymn: Adore te devote.
Good Friday: Stabat Mater and some music by Sir John Stainer (Crucifixion)
Easter Vigil: This Joyful Eastertide

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum.

7 comments:

Mirka Breen said...

I shall never forget watching Christian pilgrims walk the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem on Good Friday. I used to stand at the sixth station, where St. Veronica wiped Jesus's forehead. I could feel the tears inside.
The light is around the corner... Blessed Easter to you and your family, Vijaya.

Vijaya said...

Thank you, Mirka. I would love to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with my children at least once in my life.

Faith E. Hough said...

I hope you had a beautiful Easter, Vijaya! The entire Triduum is filled with so much beauty it leaves me breathless.

Vijaya said...

Faith, the beauty and pathos are so great, it surprises me the churches aren't overflowing during Triduum. It's really one continuous liturgy ... because you go home and continue to ponder the mysteries.

Gary Ludlam said...

I also renewed my de Montfort consecration. I found the daily readings to be perfect for Lent. Every year I seem to enter into it more deeply.
God bless you and your family.

Gary Ludlam said...

I also renewed my de Montfort consecration. I found the daily readings to be perfect for Lent. Every year I seem to enter into it more deeply.
God bless you and your family.

Vijaya said...

Gary, same sentiments here ... it really is amazing that a skinny little book can have so much impact.