Some of the ceremonials and art are great witness to Christianity, but for the most part, we get too wrapped up in what happens on Earth and forget the reasons we are Christians.

Vatican: Passion of Our Lord Sermon [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) In silent procession, wearing red vestments, Pope Francis made his way down the nave of St Peter’s basilica as the sunset over the dome on Friday evening. There before the High Altar, he lay prostrate in prayer. This was the opening act of the liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion, the central commemoration of Good Friday, the memorial of Christ’s suffering and death for the salvation of mankind.

The Holy Father stood as three deacons, two Franciscans and a Dominican, chanted the account of the Passion according to St. John. As is tradition, the papal preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, delivered the Good Friday Sermon, this year titled “Justified as a Gift through Faith in the Blood of Christ”.

He began by describing the Easter Triduum as the ‘high point’ of the current Year of Faith: “Today we can make the…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. NEO
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:13:57

    Indeed we do, and not only your church, we all do. I think this is a message for all of us. I love the art, the old forms, and the liturgy but the mission is not the medium, the mission is evangelization. We do need to not throw out the baby with the bathwater but we do need to throw out the bathwater.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention because I passed over it earlier.


  2. Cultural Limits
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:21:12

    Not just throw out the bathwater, but heat some more.

    Happy Easter my friend.


    • NEO
      Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:31:32

      Outstanding plan there, my friend. And thanks for calling it to my attention, I was working on tomorrows’ and probably would have forgotten to check back. Jess has an outstanding one scheduled on ours for tomorrow morning.

      Happy Easter indeed. Rejoice in the Risen Lord. 🙂


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