March 23, 2013

Liturgical Guide: Holy Week

Stained Glass by Thomas Willement - Courtesy of Wikipedia

The hymns used during Holy Week in the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) recall the dramatic events of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection as they are recounted by His Church through Holy Thursday, Good Friday. and the Easter Vigil. In the following video, Fr. Dan O'Reilly of Columbia Catholic Ministry reflects upon Jesus in the of Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Fr. Dan begins by discussing the significance of the Greek word used in Luke 22: "agonia", which means 'the feelings you have preparing for the struggle ahead'. As he goes through his "agonia", Christ turns to his Father, praying in words reminiscent of the "Our Father" from Luke 11, asking that the Father's will be done, but if possible, that he be delivered from the struggle ahead. In our own times of "agonia", we too can pray the words he taught us in the "Lord's Prayer" and unite our sufferings and sacrifices with his as we journey together, with him through this week of the Passion of the Lord.



LITURGY OF THE HOURS (ICEL, 1975)
87. Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
92. Take Up Your Cross
97. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
104. O Sacred Head, Surrounded
105. Were You There
106. This I Ask (John 15)
107. Have Mercy, O Lord
108. I Shall Praise the Savior's Glory
109. The Word of God Proceeding Forth
110. My Loving Savior
111. Christ, Victim for the Sins of Men

DIVINE OFFICE (1974)
20. Man of sorrows, Wrapt in Grief
21. O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree
22. Abroad the Regal Banners Fly
23. O Sacred Head Ill Usèd
24. My Song is Love Unknown

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