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Good Friday

The soldiers led him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him. They began to salute him with, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him. They knelt before him in homage.

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him. They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.They brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it.

Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take. It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him.

The inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews." With him they crucified two revolutionaries, one on his right and one on his left. Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself by coming down from the cross." Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, mocked him among themselves and said, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.

At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of the bystanders who heard it said, "Look, he is calling Elijah." One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down." Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.

When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"

I think I can just about make it to the 6:30 vespers at St. Constantine. The notion of going to St. Olaf and enduring contemporary liturgical music in my present sick, irritable state makes my face hurt and my teeth ache, and I'm not even smiling.

EDIT: Slight change to clarify matters...while I might find a Mass composed by Judas Priest, Dethklok, Armored Saint or Metallica amusing and entertaining, the hideous folk music perpetrated at these Masses is almost as bad as clown masses and liturgical dance in my book.


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Apr. 6th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
I remember in '67 when the gitars (I know it's misspelled, Firefox) came out, that it was a bad idea. Even though the musicians included Mike Joncas (if you're into Christian music, you'll recognize that name)
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
He probably plays guitar well enough, but all of the music I've heard that he's composed is horrible and should be put on the Index. As a matter of fact, I'd support a revival of the Index specifically for liturgical music.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'd been wondering when it would occur to somebody to do this. So much of their music is rooted in their Catholic upbringing and their confusion about it, after all.
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