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Friday, April 02, 2010

Maundy Thursday

We have entered into the Easter Triduum, following Our Lord and keeping him company in his great suffering. How much we owe Him for what he endured for our salvation! It's a great point to just sit and meditate on: what Our Lord must have felt when all his disciples - those that He called friends and loved so much - turned and fled, in that hour when, humanly speaking, He must have felt the need of them most. Let us not flee and leave Him to suffer alone, but let us walk with Him over the coming days and compassionate Him in His terrible sorrow.

Some photos from the Altar of Repose on Papa Stronsay:

The Most Blessed Sacrament was placed in the hearse above the tabernacle.


St. Jude Pray For Me said...

"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows." Isaiah 53:3

"Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess;
The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness." E.C.Clephane, 1868

Anonymous said...

As you are based in Scotland why are you useing the English term Maundy Thursday? In Scotland it is Holy Thursday. See Wikipedia, it explains that Maundy is only used in England and never in Scotland or Ireland.

Michelle Therese said...

I've never heard of an altar of repose before or seen so many candles lit at the same time!

Amazing. How I wish I could have been there! But that's not possible. :-)

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

I did look at the article in Wiki but it only says that it is "rarely" used in Scotland, but it is used. I notice that there are a few references to Maundy Thursday from Scottish church sites. Maundy is a good word relating directly to the Latin word "Mandatum..." which is very much in our minds during this sacred time; the word also highlights that Holy Thursday is a day with a very special, once a year occurrence. "Holy Thursday" is fine, but it doesn't quite bring out the specificity as well as does Maundy from Mandatum novum... a new commandment. "a mandatum novum I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you (Jn. 13:34). In fine I think the fact that we write from Scotland, the country we dearly love and adopt, has little to do with the choice of the word Maundy. People from all around the world look at the blog; as it happens the young Brother who did the post is English himself. We mix and match with great largeness of heart and try not to sweat the small stuff.

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