Friday, November 20, 2015

"Exaudi, Christe. Ecclesiae Sanctae Dei salus perpetua"

This Sunday Roman Catholics throughout the world will observe the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. It is the final Sunday of this liturgical year, which extends over the following week and ends at sunset on Saturday, 28 November, when the season of Advent begins. This celebration marks the end of time. It calls for a big liturgy. It will be the first time since being re-assigned earlier this year that I will sorely miss serving at The Cathedral of the Madeleine.

"Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen" (Rev 1:7- from our second reading for this Sunday).

In thinking about what our Friday traditio might be, in addition to "We Shall See the King," I considered three possibilities: the great Dies Irae (Verdi's composition), REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It," and the great hymn, Christus vincit.

My selection is Christus vincit:


God's love is unimaginable

Readings: Sir 15:15-20; Ps 119:12.4-5.17-18.33-34; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Matt 5:17-37 The Church's readings for this Seventh Sunday in Ordina...