Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Passion of the Christ according to St. John

On Monday evening, after attending the Vespers incorporated Mass at the College General Major Seminary, I went to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the modernist, round mosque looking building that currently houses the Bishop's cathedra to hear Fr. Henry Rajoo, the assistant parish priest explain the gestures, rites and rituals of the Easter Triduum. The talk took place in the context of the evening Mass, taking the place of the homily. Andre and his choir sang a marvellously beautiful harmonic acappella version of O Sacred Head. Wow! Great vocals.

Mark, at prayer.


A bit too garish for my taste.


On Tuesday night, Mark and me went to the Cathedral again to hear Fr. Francis Anthony, who had recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, give a biblical exposition of St. John's account of the Passion. Wonderful! Having being rector of the major seminary for many years and a competent scripture scholar, Fr. FA skilfully weaved St. John's account with the theme of the kingship of Christ, even during the Passion, and His identity as the pre-incarnate, pre-existent-Logos and the signs and hour that was not yet come.

Fr. FA, who concelebrated on the first day.

Fr. FA was the main celebrant on the 2nd day.

Overall, a brilliant presentation which Fr. FA presented with much enthusiasm. Only one thing, one serious liturgical abuse, marred the entire thing. You can read about it here.

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