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Good Friday 2014: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday 2014: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

The following pictures were taken during today’s Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, at the Priory of the Holy Spirit, Oxford.

Chanting the Passion narrative from the Gospel according to St John
Unveiling the Holy Cross
The choir

 During the Veneration of the Holy Cross, the choir sang O Vos Omnes (Victoria), Drop, drop slow tears (Gibbons), Caligaverunt oculi mei (Victoria) and Adoramus te (Palestrina). The schola also sang Christus factus est, by Anerio, and the Cantors sang the ‘Reproaches’ sequence, whose first verse and refrain, in English translation, are as follows.

My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me! 
I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the cross. 

Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

Laying the high altar for Holy Communion
‘Behold the wood of the Cross, on which was hung our salvation. Come, let us adore.’

The Easter Vigil will be celebrated tomorrow night at 10pm.

Matthew Jarvis OP

Fr Matthew Jarvis is currently studying Patristics at the Catholic University of Lyon.
matthew.jarvis@english.op.org