February: The Passion of Our Lord
As an emerging community, the Sisters are frequently given the opportunity to participate in "firsts" - the first clothing of novices and the first Mass in our new convent being just two of the more important of the "firsts". This Holy Thursday marked another "first" for our community: the first Procession of our Lord to the conventual Altar of Repose. We have never before had enough space to make a real Altar of Repose and so delighted in our ability to offer Him this small act of loving adoration.
Jesus descends from the Cross by Nicolas Tournier
The Convent Chapel stripped of its adornments and without the presence of our dear Lord
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world!
Good Friday. A day of communal silence and recollection, penance and prayer, in union with Christ in His most sacred passion. Early in Passiontide, each Sister drew at least one of the Stations for her particular meditation during that sacred season. From these times of personal prayer, the Sister prepares a reflection associated with that Station to be prayed during our community Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
Following our Way of the Cross, the Sisters participate in the Cathedral parish Good Friday Liturgy
O God who, by the Passion of Thy Christ, our Lord, hast loosened the bonds of death, that heritage of the first sin to which all men of later times did succeed: make us so conformed to Him that, as we must needs have bourne the likeness of earthly nature, so we may by santification bear the likeness of heavenly grace.
Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen
During the Solemn Intercessions, the Church presents her Crucified Spouse with every single group of people and every human affliction, beseeching Him to apply the merits of His redemption to each.
Changing from black to violet, the ministers prepare for the distribution
of Holy Communion. Following the Thanksgiving after Communion, the congregation departs in silence.
Let us pray.
Upon Thy people who with devout hearts have recalled the Passion and Death of Thy Son, we beseech Thee, O Lord, may plentiful blessings descend: may gentleness be used with us, and consolation given us, may our faith increase in holiness, our redemption for ever made firm. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.