Christ is Risen. The Crucified Lives. Here is the essential proclamation of our Christian faith. Everything we have learned, everything we believe, rises or falls with this claim. Our faith in the resurrection is decisive for the Christian, absolutely decisive.
Sung by the incomparable Barbara Bonney:
The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, fainted at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The archbishop presided at the liturgy and led the procession to the Altar of Repose in the Crypt Church of the Shrine. As the choir sang the "Pange Lingua," +Vigano could be seen speaking to the master of ceremonies and then, a moment later, fell to the floor. A source tells NCR that the archbishop was given some juice at the Shrine and then taken back to the nunciature across town where he had some dinner and is feeling better.
If you are in the Washington, D.C. area and are wondering where to celebrate the Lord's Passion, tomorrow at noon, at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Fr. Clete Kiley will be delivering meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ. His reflections will be interspersed with choral selections from our magnificent choir. Fr. Kiley is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been working as the director of immigration policy at UNITEHere. Immediately following the reflections, Cardinal Donald Wuerl will preside at the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion at 1 p.m.
If you think St. Thomas Aquinas was all dry, listen to this:
The Sacred Triduum is here. The holiest days of the Christian year. Tonight, with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper we enter into our liturgical celebration of the events that are at the very heart of our faith, the events that are decisive for the life of the Christian and the Christian community. Everything we believe and do is rooted in the Triduum, everything.
Tonight, Christians celebrate Tenebrae, the vigil of the Great Triduum. Among the beautiful music featured at many of these services will be Thomas Tallis' "Lamentations of Jeremiah":