O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the death of Christ!
O happy fault, that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer!
O certe necessárium Adæ peccátum, quod Christi morte delétum est!
O felix culpa, quæ talem ac tantum méruit habére Redemptórem!
While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.Romans 5:5-8 (via badwolfcomplex)
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised form the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.Romans 6:3-4 (via badwolfcomplex)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.Galatians 3:13 (via badwolfcomplex)
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23 (via badwolfcomplex)
I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.John 14:18-20 (via badwolfcomplex)
Good Friday in the 1962 Roman Missal:
Extract from the General Decree restoring the liturgy of Holy Week: ”Let the faithful be led to understand properly today’s special liturgical act, in which the Passion of our Lord is solemnly chanted: prayers offered for the needs of the whole Church and the human race: the Holy Cross, monument of our Redemption, is adored most devoutly by clergy and faithful, the whole family of Christ: finally, as for hundred of years was the practice, all who wish and are duly prepared go forward to receive Communion with this as their chief intention, that by devoutly receiving the Body of the Lord (which He delivered this day for all men) they may enjoy richer fruits of that Redemption. Let the priests urge the faithful to make this sacred day one of loving recollection, neither should they forget the law of abstinence and fasting.”
The instruction given by Pope Pius XII stipulates that Good Friday’s solemn liturgy take place after noon; the best time would be three o’clock The same Pope revives the old practice of all receiving Communion this day as a necessary part of the liturgical function. This consists of four main divisions, each of which has its own historical interest, the whole forming a dramatic representation of the Sacred Passion.
I, II. The first two parts consist of readings from Scripture and a prayer, followed by St. John’s story of the Passion, and concluded by a long series of prayers for various intentions. In this part we have preserved the form of the earliest Christian prayer-meeting,—a service which was derived from the Jewish Synagogue. To the service of Scriptural readings the celebration of the Eucharist was afterwards was afterwards joined to form the one solemn act of worship now called the “Mass.” The Mass still preserves these distinct divisions: the first from the beginning to the Offertory, in which the introit and Gloria are included; the second from the Offertory to the Communion. The first division is called the Mass of the Catechumens, (for the Catechumens were not permitted to remain for the celebration of the Eucharist); the second, the Mass of the Faithful.
III. The third part consists of the unveiling and adoration of the Cross. This ceremony was originally connected with the relic of the true Cross, and had its origin in Jerusalem. A veiled Crucifix is gradually exposed to view, and three times at the words Venite adoremus the faithful kneel in adoration of the Cross.
IV. The fourth part, the Communion of Priest and people, completes what used to be known as the Mass of the Presanctified. Today’s liturgy clearly does not constitute a Mass, for ther eis no Consecration; all who communicate receive sacred particles consecrated at Mass the previous day. This form of “Mass” is familiar in the Greek rite.
The service opens with a Mass of the Catechumens in what is perhaps its oldest and simplest form .It has neither Introit, Gloria, nor Credo, but consists merely of two lessons, followed each by a Tract, also taken from the Prophets. The Gospel is the story of the passion according to St. John. This is followed by the most ancient form of intercession The Priest (formerly the Deacon) makes a solemn appeal to the faithful, telling for whom each Prayer is to be offered: for the Church, the Pope, the Bishops, Priests, etc, the Jews, pagans, heretics, prisoners, etc. The Flectamus genua is said and all kneel down to pray until the Subdeacon bids them rise. Then the Celebrant turns to God, Almighty and Eternal, and formulates the prayer in the name of all. This was the oldest form of the Collect or public prayer.
The Adoration of the Cross, which follows the Collect, is a rite by itself. The veneration of the Cross is very old and found expression most naturally on Good Friday. The ceremony observed in the fourth century, in the Church of Golgotha, differs little from that carried out at the present day, in the Church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem (where the most precious relics of the Passion are preserved) and in all our Catholic churches. The antiphons and responsories which are sung during the adoration of the Cross, are called Improperia or Reproaches. They form one of the most tragic features of this Friday service, which is a real drama and suggested the medieval Passion-plays.
The Adoration of the Cross is followed by a short service. The ciborium containing the sacred Hosts consecrated yesterday is brought in silence with the simplest of ceremonial from the Altar of Repose. Preparation for Communion is fittingly made by all standing to recite the Pater Noster in unison, and the Communion itself is followed at once by three prayers of thanksgiving. .These end the day’s solemn function.
Hey guys! Long time, no update!
Since this is a Catholic blog, I thought it might be totally appropriate to share my Triduum and Easter plans with you all!
So, last night I went to an Extraordinary Form mass at the Kappuchinkirche in Vienna. Fun fact about that church: the imperial crypt lies below it where all the Hapsburgs (minus Karl) are buried! Isn’t that neat? It was a beautiful mass as usual, and seemed shorter than it did last year.
Today, Good Friday, I’m going to join a family from my school and drive up to the Heiligenkreuz abbey for their Good Friday service (which includes veneration of the largest fragment of the True Cross north of the alps! Amazing, right?). I hear it’s going to be very long and very in German….so that’s fun. Before I leave, though, I’m going to be watching the Passion of the Christ with a few friends.
Tomorrow for the Easter Vigil, I’ll be returning to Vienna for an Extraordinary Easter Vigil. And then after that….I’ll be going to a CUH-RAY-ZAY party called Christfest. We have rubrics for it and everything. We’re such theology students.
So, since I’m going today to venerate the True Cross, does any one have any intentions they’d like me to bring with me and pray for?
Also, you should all totally reblog this and add what YOUR Triduum plans are!
So, Friday the 14th, I was climbing a tree to weave a daisy chain and pray the Sorrowful Mysteries when I fell from about four meters (14 feet I think?).
I’ve been in hospital since then, having just returned home today. I’ve been very lucky, as my friends have come to visit as well as almost daily having been brought the Blessed Sacrament, but I did manage to injure myself pretty significantly. I broke my left hip and three vertebrae around the middle of my back. Again, luckily, I’m going to heal up and be totally fine again. I can still walk, sit up, and even (and this is a recent development) go up and down stairs!
If you all wouldn’t mind keeping me in your prayers (and my mom because I know she’s worried sick), I would be eternally grateful. Also, I’ll be asking you all for some intentions to pray for later in the month of April because I’m going to be attending the Canonization of Bl. JPII!
Expect more lovely Lenten posts now that I’m home with internet again. Have a blessed week everyone!