Saturday, 15 April 2006

Triduum-Good Friday

Good Friday Celebration of the Passion of the LORD

  • Choral Preludes to the Service
    + O Come and Mourn with me a While + Lord Jesus, When I think of Thee +
    + Ah, Holy Jesu + Vexilla Regis +
  • Entrance Rite
    Celebrant prostrates himself before the altar
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Reading I: Surely our griefs He Himself bore and our sorrows He carried. (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)
  • Psalm: Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit. arr. D. A. Domet
  • Reading II: Although he was a son, he learned obedience from the
    things he suffered. (Hebrews 4:14-16:5,7-9)
  • Acclamation: Praise to You LORD, King of Eternal Glory Tonus Peregrinus
    Christus Factus est Gregorian
  • Christ became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name which is above every Name.)
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    The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, According to John

    Universal Prayers of the Faithful

    Cantor: We pray to the LORD;
    Response: For the sake of your Son, have mercy, LORD.
    Cantor: Let us kneel (for a few moments in silent prayer)
    Cantor: Arise
    I. For the Church.
    II. For the Pope.
    III. For the clergy and laity of the Church.
    IV. For those preparing for baptism.
    V. For the unity of Christians.
    VI. For the Jewish people.
    VII. For those who do not believe in Christ.
    VIII. For those who do not believe in God.
    IX. For all those in public office.
    X. For those in special need.
  • Choral Offering: Adoramus Te, Christe D.A. Domet
    (We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because
    by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.)

    Veneration of the Cross

    Priest: This is the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Saviour of the World
    Response: Venite Adoremus
    Antiphon: We glory in your cross, O Lord Gregorian
    Improperia: O My People, what have I done to you?
    (The Reproaches) How have I offended you? Answer me!
    I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the Cross.
    Trisagion: Hagios OTheos, Sanctus Deus, Holy is God;
    Hagios ichyros, Sanctus fortis, Holy and Strong; Hagios athanatos, eleison hymas, (Greek)
    Sanctus et immortalis, miserere nobis. O Holy and Immortal One, Have mercy on us.
    welcome For forty years I led you safely through the desert. I fed you with manna from heaven and brought you to a land of plenty; singing but you led your Saviour to the Cross. Hagios…
    the bold I gave you a royal sceptre, but you gave me a crown of thorns. O My people…
  • Crux Fidelis: Crux fidelis inter omnes Arbor una nobilis:
    Nulla talem silva profert. Fronde, flore, germine.
    O Faithful Cross, incomparable Tree, the most noble of all; no forest has ever put forth the likes of your own leaves, your flowers, your fruits;
    welcome Dulce lignum, dulci clavo. Dulce pondus sustinens.
    to join in Gentle wood with a gentle nail, to support so gentle a burden!
    singing Pange lingua, gloriosa praelium certaminis, et super crucis trophaeo dic the bold triumphum nobilem: Qualiter Redemptor orbis immolatus viscerit.
    text. Sing, O my tongue, of the battle, of the glorious struggle; and over the trophy of the Cross, proclaim the noble triumph; tell how the redeemer of the world won victory through his sacrifice.
    Crux fidelis…
    De parentis protoplasti fraude factor condolens, quando pomi noxialis morte morsu corruit: ipse lignum tunc notavit. Damna ligni ut solveret.
    The Creator looked on sadly as the first man, our forefather, was deceived, and as he fell into the snare of death, taken a bite of a lethal fruit; it was then that God chose this blessed piece of wood to destroy the other tree's curse.
    Dulce lignum…
    Aequa Patri Filoque, inclito Paraclito, sempiterna sit beatae Trinitas gloria: Cuius alma nos redemit atque servat gratia. Amen.
    Equal and eternal glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Illustrious Paraclete, the Blessed Trinity whose divine grace redeems and conserves us always. Amen.
    Dulce lignum… Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (530-609)
  • Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
  • Mass of the Pre-sanctified-Holy Communion
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Anthem: Stabat Mater D.A. Domet
    Hymn: O Sacred Head Surrounded
  • Recessional: Were You There? arr. D.A. Domet
  • Were You There
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    Do you think that those who saw these things had much heart for eating or drinking or enjoying themselves? On the contrary, we are told that even "the people who came together to that sight, smote their breasts and returned." If these were the feelings of the people, what were St. John's feelings, or St. Mary Magdalene's, or St. Mary's, Our Lord's Blessed Mother? Do we desire to be of this company? Do we desire, according to His own promise, to be rather blessed than the womb that bore Him, and the paps that He sucked? Do we desire to be as His Mother? Then, surely, ought we to have some portion of that mother's sorrow! When He was on the cross and she stood by, then, according to Simeon's prophecy, "a sword pierced through her soul." What is the use of our keeping the memory of His Cross and Passion, unless we lament and are in sorrow with her? I can understand people who do not keep Good Friday at all; they are indeed very ungrateful, but I know what they mean; I understand them. But I do not understand at all, I do not at all see what men mean who do profess to keep it, yet do not sorrow, or at least try to sorrow. Such a spirit of grief and lamentation is expressly mentioned in Scripture as a characteristic of those who turn to Christ. If then we do not sorrow, have we turned to Him? "I will pour upon the house of David," says the merciful Saviour Himself before He came on earth, speaking of what was to come, "upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born."
    …from a sermon on the Crucifixion by John Henry Cardinal Newman

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