O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thy Bridegroom is Obedient Unto Death For Thee

This morning praying the Rosary, I remembered that the Glory Be is not said at all during the Triduum. It is omitted from the Mass during Passiontide and during the Triduum it is omitted from everything. It is replaced by the antiphon "Christus factus est", which grows longer each day.

Holy Thursday:
Christus factus est obediens pro nobis usque ad mortem.
Christ became obedient for us unto death.

Good Friday:
Christus factus est obediens pro nobis usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis.

Christ became obedient for us unto death, death on a cross.

Holy Saturday:

Christus factus est obediens pro nobis usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum et dedit illi nomen quod est super omne nomen.

Christ became obedient for us unto death, death on a cross. Therefore God greatly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every other name.


This is love. The Bridegroom sacrifices Himself to the Father to be used to sanctify His Bride and He does not care how difficult a task that is. Love doesn't count the cost, the lover wants to be completely consumed to strengthen his beloved unto life eternal. Nothing will satisfy Him other than Her sanctification and He wants to be completely consumed for the purpose. This is what we celebrate these three days and we are joyful that we have such a Bridegroom. That's why we call it "Good" Friday. What have we done to return this love to Him? Have we given ourselves to Him completely the same way? Let us give ourselves to Him and confess our sins to ease His sufferings. Let us not persist in our sins, which so severely wound the One who loves us.