Saturday, April 07, 2007

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

The beauty and majesty of the liturgy certainly comes to full fruition in the Tridium of the traditional rite.
I was impressed last year when our then-new priest arranged for a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to a hastily constructed altar of repose complete with an antique ombrellium held overhead.
This year he invited a deacon to help with Lenten preparations and a subdeacon to assist with the services surrounding Good Friday and Easter. Even in our crowded and tiny chapel I have experienced a scant bit of Heaven when praying and watching the adoration given to our Lord during Mass over the past few days. Thursday the ciborium containing the Blessed Sacrament was processed to the now elegant altar of repose with 8 altar servers and the choir. Friday we were able to adore relics from the True Cross, the Pillar of Scourging, and the Crown of Thorns before Mass began. I am so grateful that I have been able to witness this beauty and reverence shown for God, it will stay with me forever.

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