On this Sunday we go back to this blog's origins in the Latin Church, for it is on this day, the Sunday before Ascension Thursday, that the Feast of Ecce Homo (the Western variant of the Nymphios) is celebrated at the shrine of the same in Ponta Delgada, Portugal. I of course have more info, including pictures and video, linked in the sidebar as well as here.
The Bridegroom who beholds all comes at midnight to work justice: what He will establish will be established forever and what He will destroy will be destroyed forever, for He is the Victor that sacrificed Himself for His Bride and is therefore deserving of all glory and honor.
That is the whole essence of the devotion: to glorify Christ because He offered that sacrifice for His Bride the Church. The entire history of the statue and the devotion it sparked centers around glorifying Christ for His sacrifice. He offered the sacrifice of Himself to bring His Bride to Heaven and that sacrifice is the very essence of Divine Love: to sacrifice yourself to bring your beloved to Heaven. It is for that sacrifice that we laud Him. It is that sacrifice of Divine Love that deserves glory and honor above everything else in the world. Suffering is dignified and precious because it is the expression of Divine Love. Christ made the perfect expression of Divine Love in His Passion, so today we praise Our Victorious King in all His Glory and Majesty for His sacrifice offered for us, His Bride.