For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12


"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tenebrae


In case you've been AWOL from church this week, you might want to know there have been lots of activities going on all week. Every one of them has been an important remembrance, or in some cases a recreation of the events leading to our salvation in Christ. Many people only seem to find the time to cut to the chase and attend Easter services on Sunday, which is certainly better than nothing. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts I will have to search for an Easter service at a truck stop on the road. But...I will not miss tonight's Tenebrae service at home.


The Tenebrae service is not what some would expect in that it's not a joyous occasion. Things are, in fact, rather subdued and dark so as to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the Passion suffered by Jesus for our sakes. If done properly it can be a very emotionally charged event, bringing the parishioners that much closer to God.

This afternoon I'll be watching the DVD version of Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ for full effect. I must say, I am feeling very much on fire for the Lord today. I wish the same for everyone on Good Friday! Have a happy Easter!!!



(pic borrowed from Dolorous Passion)




1 comments:

Paul said...

When I was much younger, and had read the Biblical accounts of Christ's Passion, I used to wonder why they called it "Good Friday," since the whole tale seemed to be so unfair, cruel and sad.

A bit later, I learned that the day Christ was betrayed and crucified was "good," because it fulfilled the prophesies of the Old Testament, and displayed God's infinite love for all of us sinners, past, present and to come.

Coming soon, the absolute highlight of all Christian believers, and a Happy Easter to you all!