Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bridegroom Matins

No other time of the year enables "our life in Christ" to be more palpable than Holy Week. It is during Holy Week that we are actually given the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Christ simply by showing up to the worship services of the Church.  Unlike our regular routines of one or two visits to church during the week, Holy Week bids us to move in to the nave and stay there for seven days. Simply this presence has an overwhelming effect on the human psyche and soul. 

During the first three days of Holy Week, Sunday evening through Tuesday evening, we are drawn into the passion week by way of the services called the bridegroom matins. During these three days we are made to participate in the experience of the disciples on that very week, with them we move from the preview of Christ’s victory on Palm Sunday to that time wherein Christ explained to His disciples that “He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.” (Mat 16:21)  We hear the Lord say, "Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (Jn 12: 31) In summary, we are prepared to be crucified with Christ, in the same way as in our baptism. 

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