Pope Benedict in the background
anybody else notice the deacon singing the part of the chronista brought with him a tuning fork? he was constantly checking throughout the passion!
What struck me here was how profoundly reverent it all looked with everyone, prelates and laity, genuflecting to the crucifix before kissing it—all the parishes I've been to just have everyone walking up and kissing the cross (typically they're not crucifixes, unfortunately), and this has been so common that I thought the pre-kiss genuflection was done away with in the Novus Ordo. Now I see that's not the case. Thanks for sharing this, Father. It moved me a great deal.Also, dare I say perhaps this was the nicest chasuble His Holiness has yet worn?
I try to read St. John's Passion Gospel on Good Friday, so this year I was following along in my missal as the three cantors chanted it. I noticed that the commentator appeared to omit John 19:24b-26a. But this may have been a glitch in the posted videotape. I wonder if anyone noticed this in viewing it live.
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