The propers for Holy Week are rich in grace. There is a full set of propers (lessons, Introit, Gradual, etc.) for every day in Holy Week. They lead us to the cross and empty tomb in repentance and faith. Three of tonight’s propers for Maundy Thursday will guide our meditation this evening. The gradual, known in Latin as Christus Factus est (Christ was made obedient), traces the humiliation and exaltation of Christ. Our Epistle gives us the words instituting the Sacrament. And our Gospel lesson describes Jesus’ servitude on the night He was betrayed. A rich portrait of the life and work of Christ, the One who was made obedient unto death, even death on the cross.
Archive for April, 2011
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Jesus shows His resurrected body to His disciples, allowing them to see His wounded hands and side. Then He breathes on them and says, receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them. […]
QUASI MODO GENITI, THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER For a fuller understanding of the Propers for the Octave of Easter we must again recall the practices of the Church in the earlier centuries. The celebration of the Easter mystery was prolonged for an entire week, during which time the interest of all was focused on […]
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! About a week and a half before the first Easter, a friend of Jesus died, a close friend. His name was Lazarus. Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also had been devoted disciples of Jesus. When Jesus finally arrived at their home in Bethany, just […]
Rejoice this night, O Christians! For you were slaves, but for your ransom God gave His Son! Rejoice, Whitney, for on this holy night all your sins are washed away! Rejoice, Whitney, and Lee, and Anne Hayes, and Kevin, for this night the bounty of the Lord’s Table is opened to you! Rejoice, all you […]