Friday, April 6, 2007

Holy Week 2007: Good Friday

I can only imagine what it was like for people in the pews, in a mode of deep reflective prayer as the Passion was sung over an hour long period of time. Active participation begins with interior participation - the lifting of our hearts and souls in deep meditation. This deep meditation opens us for the contemplative dimension of prayer should God will that we experience it.

In this post I will show some of the photos taken during the Good Friday Service at Assumption Grotto in Detroit, which began with Sext.

All bow during the "Gloria Patri" at the end of one of the Psalms

Altar boys, arranged by height, process in for the Liturgy of the Word, with Fr. Perrone and Deacon Jim taking up the rear.

Altar boys split - one to the right and one to the left as they process into the Sanctuary

In sorrow and humility, priests lay prostrate at the beginning of the service. This sign of humility is one where the priest considers himself unworthy to lift his face on account of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

During the singing of the Passion, Fr. Perrone (center) takes the part of the Narrator. The man dressed in white to the right sings the part of Pontius Pilate.

Fr. John is at the pulpit, singing the part of Jesus

The choir, in the loft, sings the parts of the crowd, among other appropriate verses.

Fr. Perrone delivering a riveting homily on the topic of shame - the shame to which Our Lord was subjected on account of our sins.

The next part of the service begins: Veneration of the Cross

Altar boys line up to venerate the Cross - first genuflecting, then kissing the figure of Our Lord crucified.

Fr. Perrone and Deacon Jim prepare to take the Blessed Sacrament back to the Sacristy, where Our Lord is reposed during this time.

The Crucifix at the steps of the Sanctuary following the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet - around 3:15pm.


Holy Week 2007: Holy Thursday

Holy Week 2007: Confession Schedule and Reflections on Confession

Orchestra Mass Schedule - Easter and Divine Mercy Sundays

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