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Posted on 03/26/2007 5:07:35 PM PDT by Salvation
Passiontide and Holy Week
Christ became, for our sake, obedient unto death,
even the death of the Cross.
See also Paschale Solemnitatis - Vatican Letter on Preparations for Holy Week and Easter - Congregation for Divine Worship
--------- Confession - Penance
--------- Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday
PASSIONTIDE is the last two weeks of Lent, when the readings and prayers of the liturgy focus on the Passion of Our Lord. The word "passion", in the Christian sense, does not mean an intense emotion; it refers to the historical events of Jesus' suffering and death.
Although for several centuries the Fifth Sunday of Lent was known as Passion Sunday, after the Second Vatican Council this name was restored to the Sunday at beginning of Holy Week , formerly called Palm Sunday. As a penitential season of the Church, Passiontide is evidently even more ancient than Lent.
Devotions and Prayers for Passiontide
Among the traditional non-liturgical devotions of Passiontide are saying the Stations of the Cross, praying the Rosary, meditating on the five Sorrowful Mysteries, and saying the five prayers in honor of Christ's five wounds.
The Sorrowful Mysteries are: 1. The Agony in the Garden; 2. The Scourging at the Pillar; 3. The Crowning with Thorns; 4. The Carrying of the Cross; 5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord on the Cross.
There are many booklets containing meditations on the Rosary. Father Romano Guardini's The Rosary (Sophia Institute Press) is excellent, and The Handbook of Prayers (Midwest Theological Forum) contains the Rosary and many other prayers (see links page to contact these publishers). Pope John Paul II's meditations in The Light of Christ is a good resource for this and other devotions.
It is fitting, during this season, that we remember Mary and her inexpressible grief at the suffering and death of her Son.
Another ancient devotion for this season was The Seven Sorrows [Dolors] of Mary. Christian believers appealed to Mary, the Mother of Sorrows who publicly shared in her Son's suffering on the road to Calvary, taking all things upon herself concern, affliction and sorrow.
This devotion listed the Seven Sorrows of Mary as: 1. The prophecy of Simeon, 2. The flight to Egypt, 3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple, 4. His way of the Cross, 5. His Crucifixion, 6. The piercing of His heart on Calvary, and 7. His burial in the tomb.
The famous hymn associated with this devotion is the Stabat Mater Dolorosa (Stands the Sorrowful Mother) which was originally written for private devotion in the late 13th century and traditionally attributed to the Franciscan, Jacopone da Todi. The words in English and Latin are in the music section of the Lent-Easter Family source book.
Both Latin and English words to the Stabat Mater are on this site, and both words and music are in The Adoremus Hymnal, nos.400 and 401. (For information about The Adoremus Hymnal see the Adoremus website, www.adoremus.org, or contact Ignatius Press - see links page.)
All of the events of Our Lord's Passion have been the subjects of works of great Christian art. A good activity with children would be to look at and talk about some of these beautiful works, either in books or, if you're fortunate enough to live near one, an art museum.
These words of St. Paul to the Philippians [2:8] might be recited during the two weeks before Easter, along with the Act of Hope, at morning, bedtime or mealtime prayers:
Christ became, for our sake, obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.
Act of Hope
O my God, knowing thy almighty power, and thy infinite goodness and mercy,
I hope in thee that, by the merits of the Passion and Death of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
thou wilt grant me eternal life, which thou hast promised to all such as shall do the works of a good Christian;
and these I resolve to do, with the help of thy Grace. Amen +
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My favorite time of the liturgical year! We're going to start right...we're doing a 40 hours devotion Friday and Saturday to end at the Vigil mass on Saturday evening, with liturgy of the hours, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, a Polish devotional singing called Bitter Lamentation, Stations of the Cross, traditional choir singing at various points along the way. It will be a great way to begin entering into the proper spirit of the time.
May we all come closer to our Lord during this time and let our awareness of his willingness to sacrifice so much move us into a closer union with him.
**We're going to start right...we're doing a 40 hours devotion Friday and Saturday to end at the Vigil mass on Saturday evening, with liturgy of the hours, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, a Polish devotional singing called Bitter Lamentation, Stations of the Cross, traditional choir singing at various points along the way. It will be a great way to begin entering into the proper spirit of the time.**
And I will be posting lots of Passion themed poems here on FR...fwiw...
i was going to post this, but then found that I already posted it! LOL!
So a big BTTT for Passiontide!
**PASSIONTIDE is the last two weeks of Lent,**
That starts this Sunday, folks!
Stabat Mater Dolorósa
Stabat Mater dolorósa
At the cross her station keeping
Christ above in torment hangs,
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