At The Foot Of The Cross

As part of our parish’s Lenten observance and as a way of gathering thoughtful and spiritual input from parishioners on our processional crucifix project, we have a “liturgical meditation on the symbol of sacrifice and faith” this evening. Here is the order of service:

Song: Take Up Your Cross #698
Sign of the Cross
Opening Prayer

Let us pray
 
Surround us,
  O God, we pray,
  by so great a cloud of witnesses,
  rid us of every burden and sin that clings to us,
  and strengthen us to run the race that lies before us.
Help us fix our eyes on Jesus, your Son,
  the leader and perfecter of faith,
  who endured the cross,
  and now has taken his seat at your right hand.
Through this wood, lift us up with Christ,
  and inspire us, your people,
  to follow in his footsteps,
  now and forever.
 
Amen

Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Song: Tree of Life #397

Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

Music: Theme from Schindler’s List

Gospel: Luke 9:18-23

Veneration of the Cross

Music: Behold the Wood #420

Reflection:

The Lord is the point of reference. He is the rising sun of history. That is why there can be a cross of the Passion, which represents the Suffering Lord who for us let His side be pierced, from which flowed blood and water (Eucharist and Baptism), as well as a cross of triumph, which expresses the idea of Our Lord’s Second Coming and guides our eyes towards it. For it is always the One Lord: Christ yesterday, today, and for ever. (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)

Music: Litany of the Holy Cross

Lord’s Prayer

Closing Prayer

Let us pray
 
Inspire our hearts, O God,
  to follow where Christ walked,
  for Christ has marked us as his own.
Let us all take new willingness
  to carry our cross
  and be led through sacrifice and suffering,
  but also to the glory and triumph
  of the Risen Life of the Savior.
Grant us all your good graces,
  through Christ our Lord
 
Amen

Hymn: Lift High The Cross #791

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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5 Responses to At The Foot Of The Cross

  1. Anne says:

    This is a beautiful way to reflect on the cross! How was it? Did many people attend?

  2. Todd says:

    It seemed to go well and people had some good things to say afterward. I accompanied a high school friend who played the Schindler’s List theme. That seemed to fit.

    I was pleased to draw 26. Tuesday is a big meeting night for many of our students, plus we had RCIA.

    I adapted a short melody from the Graduale Simplex Gospel Acclamation for the feast of the Triumph of the Cross for the Holy Cross litany. Hard to say how well Latin chant is received in my parish, but the cantor did a creditable job on short notice.

    • John says:

      I really liked this. The Schindler’s List was very apropos.

      When you list hymn numbers, I am unsure of the hymnal you are using.

      Take Up Your Cross – Herr?
      Behold the Wood – Schutte?
      Lift High the Cross – Crucifer?

      Thanks for your work.

  3. Todd says:

    Take Up Your Cross, text by Charles W Everest, tune O WALY WALY.

    Behold the Wood, Dan Schutte, yes.

    Lift High The Cross, CRUCIFER, with the Kitchin-Newbolt text.

    They’re all in Gather Comprehensive, first edition.

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