On the night before his arrest, Jesus delivers a final commandment.
As in other years, that tables are set with the traditional elements of a Passover Seder.
It was fitting that our "Seder" fell exactly on Maundy Thursday,
the day of the so-called "Last Supper."
Also as in other years,
Brian Maklan presided, reading from an abridged version of a Jewish Haggadah.
Afterwards, lit only by candles, the sanctuary is ritually stripped.
Scott follows with readings
and then an abridged reading of Psalm 22:
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Why art thou so far from helping me,
from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but thou dost not answer;
and by night, but find no rest...
The reading is puctuated by Connie chanting,
in the darkness from the back of the Church:
My God, why have you forsaken me?
Why have you forsaken me?
The following morning was, of course, Good (or Holy) Friday which commemorates Jesus' execution by crucifixion - a punishment reserved by the Roman occupiers for the crime of sedition (conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state).
It has been the tradition in Lachine for many years now to hold an ecumenical gathering to commemorate Jesus' walk with the cross to Calvary (Golgotha)and his subsequent crucifixion. The walk, with the cross, begins in the West at Summerlea Church at 7:30 a.m. and proceeds along the Lakeshore to the Church of the Resurrection on 34th avenue. From the East, people walk from St. Stephen's Church.
By 10:30 there were about 150 people gathered in the Sanctuary of Ressurection for the interdenominational service with contributions from the English, French, Italian and Polish churches.
Perhaps one day we will all be together.
The service that followed was quiet and meditative. Music and Hymns were solemn and either a cappella or accompanied by John Osborne on the flute. The main feature of the service was a contemplation in readings, prayer and music of four of the Stations of the Cross:
Station 1 (Jesus Is Condemned),
Station 8 (Gesù consola le donne - Jesus comforts the women),
Station 11 (Jésus est crucifié - Jesus is crucified)
and Station 12 (Jesus dies).
As I was at the Church before, during and after the service playing the flute I was unable to snap any pictures but Father George Zebrowski very kindly forwarded several shots that he had taken both on the walk and at the Church.
Many thanks Fr. George!