Today Passiontide begins, a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria in the Mass and the Gloria Patri in the responsories of the Divine Office,
the suppression of the psalm Judica me at the beginning of Mass - are all signs of mourning
by which the Church commemorates Our Lord's Passion."
- Divine Intimacy: Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.
From now through Good Friday, Holy Mother Church focuses on the hidden glory of Jesus, a glory that the Jews of the time failed to see and a glory that we often forget to reverence. He increasingly revealed His identity (that He and the Father are One and that He had come to glorify the Father); yet, the people wished to stoned Him. He was God in the flesh, yet His flesh was scourged, torn, and bled. He was without sin, yet was sentenced to a shameful and gruesome death. He was True God and True Man, and yet was nailed upon a cross, hung like a mere object without dignity, and left to die.
Christ crucified hides within our flesh (though we pray others may see Him through us) and takes refuge within our souls. At a time when Christ seems hidden to most of the world - by the absence of daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and open Churches - and is left alone in the Tabernacles throughout the world, He summons His people to search for Him deep within their souls. He is there ... waiting.
Hymn sung at Vespers at Passiontide to Holy Thursday
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