Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday 2016


The Crucifixion, by Peter Paul Rubens


The Easter Triduum continues today with the observance of Good Friday.

Catholics do not celebrate Mass between the Supper of Our Lord on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil on Saturday.

The Celebration of the Lord's Passion is generally held in the early evening on Good Friday, for the convenience of those for whom it is not a day off from work. This will include readings from Scripture (including the account of Christ's Passion from the Gospel of John), the Adoration of the Cross, and finally Holy Communion.

"This is the service for which you wear all black, isn't it?"

Yes, it is...


This classic B.C. comic strip by the late Johnny Hart first appeared on April 9, 2004, which was Good Friday that year.

Until Next Time...

One of the most beloved traditional Latin hymns associated with Good Friday is
"Pange Lingua Gloriosi Proelium Certaminis," composed by St. Venantius Fortunatus
in the latter part of the 6th century. Although portions of the hymn are used in a variety of services, the entire work is typically chanted during the Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday.

Nova Schola Gregoriana is an award-winning group devoted to the study and performance of traditional Gregorian chants.

In 1994, under the direction of Alberto Turco, a leading expert on Gregorian chants, the group recorded an album of chants specifically associated with Good Friday observances.

Today's send-off is the group's recording of the "Crux Fidelis" section of St. Venantius's hymn. Enjoy...

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