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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spy Wednesday, 10 a.m. Stronsay

On Wednesday of Holy Week
the Mass was sung in the Stronsay chapel
and the Passion according to St Luke was chanted.
Domine si percutimus in gladio?
Lord shall we strike with the sword?
The fact that the Apostles carried swords when they met together for the "Pasch" is explained by the emnity which existed between the Jews and the Galileans, for which reason the latter were always armed when they went up to celebrate the paschal festival in Jerusalem: and that the disciples did not wear their swords merely for show is seen from the circumstance that in the garden of Gethsemini it became necessary for Christ to order Peter to replace his sword in its scabbard. The Church does not triumph by force of arms, but rather by the martyrdom of her sons. -Blessed Schuster

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