Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday Liturgy

Some moments from our liturgy at Blackfriars Oxford, captured on camera:

Tenebrae

A distinctive feature of Tenebrae is the triangular hearse with fifteen unbleached candles. As the psalms are sung, the candles are progressively extinguished. This represents the abandonment of Christ by his disciples.

Tenebrae Kyriale
At the end of Tenebrae, the cantors stand in the middle of the choir and at the steps of the High Altar and implore God's mercy and the brethren and congregation respond with the words of Philippians: "Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross."

Cross lifted high

At the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, the Cross is lifted high and venerated.

Creeping to the Cross
Friars and people creep to the Cross - an ancient liturgical practice. Three times along the way the brethren prostrate themselves and the people kneel as they approach Christ's throne of mercy - his holy Cross.

Good Friday
A moment of stillness after the liturgy...

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3 Comments:

Blogger Moniales said...

Wonderful photos, brothers!
It's neat seeing our Dominican customs photgraphed somewhere else!
Are you really making the venia? It looks like a half a one!
A Blessed Easter to our Brethren!

7/4/07 2:02 am  
Anonymous Kenjiro Shoda said...

These pictures are fantastic, and so much in keeping with Catholic tradition. God bless the Dominican friars at Oxford for keeping the traditions of the Faith alive.
Hopefully God is blessing your efforts with many vocations.

7/4/07 7:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one for the album Bruno?

12/4/07 5:46 pm  

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