Wednesday, April 04, 2012
In the Ambrosian Rite, today; Spy Wednesday the whole of the Passion of St Like was sung. In the Cathedral of Milan, at the words about the veil being torn, the huge Lenten veil that screened the sanctuary was torn from top to bottom, whilst from the clerestory cannons were fired repeatably, apparently filling the gloomy interior of the Cathedral with flashes of fire and sulphourous smoke.
All very theatrical and Italian, designed to shock and cause confusion and muddle, after the chaos Mass continued, when the smoke died away the altar, the place of sacrifice was revealed, and the Holy Sacrifice was offered.
Amidst the emotional confusion and all the details of the Passion; its horrors, the weakness of men: betrayal, denial, human cruelty, suffering, pain, blood and torture: the Holy Sacrifice, the God-Man giving himself into the hands of the Eternal Father is revealed.
The earth spins and the Cross stands still.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake