In this lesson we consider the Passion of Christ using the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, the Mass Propers, and the great Liturgist Dom Gueranger. This lesson is meant as a spiritual preparation for this week’s solemn liturgical commemorations. Using the 1962 Roman Missal as its guide, this lesson is meant to assist you to unite your soul with the sorrowful soul of our Lord, who is much afflicted for our sins.
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Scourging of Christ by Meister von Meßkirch, 1535
INTROIT (Ps. 34:1-2) Fight, O Lord, against those who fight me; war against those who make war upon me. Take Your sword and shield, and rise up to help me, O Lord, the source of my salvation. Ps. 34:3. Bring up Your lance, and block the way against my persecutors; say to my soul, "I am your salvation." Fight. O Lord, against those …
Holy Week is rightfully named, since it is the holiest week in the year for Christians. This week commemorates the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord. Whereas yesterday on Palm Sunday we commemorated our Lord’s Glorious Entry into Jerusalem with the Blessing and Procession of Palm Branches, this week we continue to liturgically reenact the last week of our Lord’s life on Earth.
Lent started with our Lord in the desert for 40 days praying and fasting, and we saw the example of the Divine Son of God and responded to His example by embracing the discipline of Lent. If we read the Mass readings (called the Propers) for each day of Lent, we would have read of miracle and miracle after miracle by our Lord. Lent is truly unique since each weekday has its own Mass readings and prayers.
So over these days of penance we spiritually journeyed with our Lord for his 3 years of teaching until at last this week we journey with Him through His last week of life on this earth. If our Lord had become man just to heal the sick and the blind and the lame and raise the dead, the Cross would have been His failure. But for Christ the Cross was His triumph. And that is why our Lord went to His death all along—each day since His birth was one day closer to His torture and death. And yet He embraced the Divine Plan of Salvation. Those who called out to Him while He was on the Cross: “Come down, save thyself,” did not fully understand that it was the Cross why He had been born. It was the Cross that would be His—and our—triumph. If only we could imitate His example and faithfulness for just this one week.
Thus far we will have read of our Lord’s raising of Lazarus from the dead in the Gospel, while the Lord was nigh unto Jerusalem. This was his greatest miracle and the “last straw” by which the Jews resolved that, for which, Christ must die.
So with the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Mass Propers, and the Council of Trent in mind, let us continue this lesson by reading from the great Liturgist Dom Gueranger who wr... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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