This is the wood of the cross on which hung the savior of the world.
Come, let us worship!
Those words. The church is filled this good, Good Friday, as it always is. From behind us, those words ring out. The cross is carried forward and those words are sung again and again.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
More words. I’ve heard them for 5 decades of Good Fridays. Fall to a knee. This is what we do, because who can stand when adoring and blessing our Lord and his holy cross? Is there a gesture more fitting than a bent knee as we acknowledge the Lord our Savior and the instrument of our salvation?
To Bless: venerate, magnify, laud, give honor to.
A bagillion songs blast into my head with each one of those words, but none of them rouse my soul to worship like those words and the sound of hundreds of bodies simultaneously dropping to their knee at the call to adore and bless the Lord.
What memories, words, and gestures rouse your soul to magnify the Lord and his Holy Cross?
Happy Blessed Triduum!
In hope, Peggy
Top 3 photos by me, in Lourdes, France, Assisi, Italy and Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain