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Tre Ore Good Friday
Here is a beautiful companion to Good Friday by Bishop Barron.
The “Three Hours’ Agony” or Tre Ore is a liturgical service held on Good Friday from noon until 3 o’ clock to commemorate the Passion of Christ. Specifically, it refers to the three hours that Jesus hung on the Cross and includes
a series of homilies on his seven last words.
Please take the opportunity to meditate on the beautiful paintings included in this booklet and allow the gravity and glory of Christ’s crucifixion to bring you ever closer to him.
I’m looking up, then bowing in prayer, repeating
phrases, at times mumbling responses, working
up a rhythm like the hammer on the nails.
I’m lost in thought, blurred by an atmosphere of
despair, sorrow-filled with empathy for Judas and
Peter alike, feeling this ache of inadequacy growing
by the minute.
The drama begins to play out its narrative of negativity,
of cruelty, fear and loathing. In my mind’s eye, the sky
darkens as the closing scene inches towards the
“It is accomplished” is followed by silence as I shift
my gaze, searching for a better view, seeking a deeper
understanding, a sight of the whole.
While reality has me rooted in the present, I realise it
doesn’t matter where we stand or kneel or sit, or what
perspective we seek, we will never know what it was like
to witness the death he suffered for our transgressions.