As I write this tonight, it is the evening of Good Friday. The last forty eight hours have been something of a blur. As a Catholic ever-interested in the many prayers and practices of the Triduum – and as a priest – I find this time of the liturgical year to be invigorating, restoring and at the same time challenging, even to the point of deep melancholy.
The invigorating, restorative side of the Triduum is easy to find and highlight. My first joy comes in the Chrism Mass. Even before the Mass starts, there is an enormous sense of camaraderie as the entire archdiocese gathers together for the blessing of oils and re-commitment of the priests who will use them. Parishioners from every corner of our boundaries gather in our cathedral and it is a reunion of massive proportions. For as big as the Church seems, She also feels like a family gathering on this occasion, with old friends met and new stories told. And that’s not to mention the Mass itself – a powerful celebration representing the entire local Church, from the local ordinary (the archbishop) to the ordinary faithful!
(Read the complete article at Father Brian Carpenter’s web site”Working to Beat Hell“)
- Fr. Maurer