Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Paschal Triduum

The Paschal Triduum is upon us: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.

This year is one of the few times since I've been a priest (almost 18 years) when I will have presided at all three of those liturgies in the same place.

It's also the first time I have celebrated the Triduum without benefit of choir support.

If you're observing the Triduum during these days, please do me the favor of praying for my Jesuit spiritual father, Fr. Carl, who showed me almost 30 years ago how these liturgies ought to be celebrated and what can happen when they are. He introduced me to the Byzantine Liturgy of the Burial of Jesus, for example, about which I hope to write more at length (after I'm somewhat less busy...).

I found out yesterday that he has a particularly vicious cancer which surprised his oncologist, and will necessitate some aggressive and loathsome treatment.

Many thanks!

Here's a prayer which opens the Commemoration of the Burial of Jesus, which he adapted from the Byzantine (Greek) Church, for Good Friday night:

Let us pray.
O Christ our life, you died and were buried.
You are life itself. How can you lie in a tomb?
You are fairer in beauty than all mortals,
and you have made the nature of all things beautiful.
How can you be a corpse, without form or comeliness?
The angels are amazed at the sight of God
enclosed within a tomb:
with them we glorify your burial
and your great love for us.
You are God for ever and ever.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ
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Dana Michael Krull said...

Amen, Fr. Tim; Amen.

Grace and Peace. We miss you.

In Christ,

Diana said...

Tim! Good heavens (literally)!

Hi! What a treat to read your blog and learn of your latest adventure. I'm studying Arabic in Jordan this summer.

Blessings and love and you're doing such wonderful work--

Diana :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Fr. Tim,

I just discovered that you can call me during the work day Monday through Friday (8 - 5 PM EST) compliments the local phone company the SC National Guard. The person who answers the phone is David Beckam has known me for years. I told him about you. My work number is 803-737-2311 or personal cell is 803-546-8794 for emergency only my work cell is 803-513-5354. Call 803-806-4200 and David will patch you through to me! Praying for you every day. Hope to see you very very soon. We will be going to Barry's daughter's wedding in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend. I will visit my Mother on Mother's Day. We will be in LBK from Fourth of July til about the 11th. Love, Holly (and Les) PS Lauren just got a job with CBS Radio and a tiny apartment in the West Village.

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