Sometimes it is wonderful to just listen to the richness of the Church’s musical heritage. I can listen to this particular antiphon over and over again and never get bored. It opens my heart in stunning ways. By means of it, the events of our Lord’s life and that of His apostles becomes present to me and I become a real participant in them with them. Likewise, they have the opportunity to enter into the events of my life and participate with me.
The point of worship is not to get caught up in dramatic performances or showmanship. The point is to let the Holy Spirit enliven us from within and without.
I hope you enjoy it. And, I pray it will minister to you in deeply mystical ways. Let the words and rhythm of the chant focus your thoughts and usher your mind into your heart.
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The King of the Angels is decked with a crown of thorns
He Who wraps the heavens in clouds, is wrapped in the purple of mockery
He Who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face
The Bridegroom of the Church, is affixed to the Cross with nails
The Son of the Virgin is pierced by the spear
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ (x3)
Show us also Thy Glorious, Resurrection!