Last night was the most striking moment in the Church year for me: the sanctuary lit only by candles, the priest processing with humeral veil and monstrance to the altar of repose, the Pange Lingua echoing in the church, the altars being stripped, and then the final instruction of the missal: “all depart in silence.”
And so I will be departing now for the remainder of the Triduum. May God be with you and your families, our communities, our Church, our country, and our world. May we remember that the worst thing that can ever happen to humanity, has already happened. Our sins have killed the incarnate Christ, and continue to wound him again every day. We can either add to that misery by dwelling in darkness, or bring the light of love to the dark places.
May we also remember that this worst of all days has become our salvation, “for Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Be at peace, for He who makes all things new has conquered the world.