Posts Tagged: holy week

Matins and First Hour of Holy Thursday

Time: 1:40 Congregation: total of 7, coming and going so there were 2-5 people at any time. Cutest: 1-year-old boy who is in church every Sunday but had never seen it in the dark before. Crew: Altar: Fr T and Fr R; Matins isn’t even much work for one priest but Fr R did some

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Injustice

Every year Holy Week is about something else, and it’s not always what I expect when I go into it. This year –and I found out on Thursday night, in the Matins of Good Friday, sort of average– it’s about injustice. Gross, harsh injustice, not only against Christ but apparently against all humanity. This makes

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Putting words in His mouth

I must have been sleeping through last year’s (and earlier) Royal Hours of Good Friday, or perhaps it was my particular awareness of the God-nature of Christ, but I couldn’t stand this in the Third Hour: As you were dragged to the Cross, Lord, you cried out thus: For what work do you wish to

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Passion

When I was a wee sprog, my mother used to put on St Matthew’s Passion and sing along (she was in the oratorio choir). I got that habit from her, especially when I also turned out alto in my teens. But I never wanted the closing chorus, Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder. As far

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