Friday, April 18, 2014

His love binds !

Good Friday 
The royal banners forward go,
The cross shines forth in mystic glow;
Where He in flesh, our flesh Who made,
Our sentence bore, our ransom paid.

First verse from the hymn for Evening Prayer that is assigned in the Roman Breviary from Passion (Palm) Sunday to Wednesday of Holy Week—Vexilla RegisThe Royal Banners forward Go—whose text has served the Latin Church in its Liturgy of the Hours for well over 1,000 years.

“‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself.’ It was from the height of His Cross that our Lord first drew all the souls to Himself by redeeming them.  But when our Lord uttered these words, He certainly also had in mind His Eucharistic throne, to the foot of which He means to draw all souls so as to bind them there with the chains of His love.”

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Souls have all the same price,
which is that of the Precious Blood of Jesus."

~ Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Where deep for us the spear was dyed,
Life’s torrent rushing from His side,
To wash us in that precious flood,
Where mingled water flowed, and blood.
Second verse - Vexilla RegisThe Royal Banners forward Go

("The Face of Christ, the Face of Man"- MEDITATIONS by H.E. Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano -
Stations will be led by the Holy Father on Good Friday, April 18, 2014)

O cross, our one reliance, hail!
Still may thy power with us avail
To give new virtue to the saint,
And pardon to the penitent.

To Thee, eternal Three in One,
Let homage meet by all be done:
As by the cross Thou dost restore, 
So rule and guide us evermore.  Amen.
Sixth and seventh verses - Vexilla Regis—The Royal Banners forward Go—

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