Yesterday evening we celebrated the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Mandatum (the washing of feet), the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose with the watch until midnight and the Stripping of the Church whilst the choir sung Psalm 22. Father Martin was the Principal Celebrant and Father Mervyn concelebrated, read the Gospel and gave the Homily based on the Gospel of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and St. Peter’s initial protest.
Today Good Friday there was a Walk of Witness followed by an hour’s Devotional Service led by Father Tim Coleman, one of the Chaplains at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.
The Solemn Liturgy followed the Devotional Service with the reading of the Passion Gospel according to St. John, the Intercessions and the Veneration of the Cross. The choir sang the Reproaches and this was followed by bringing the Blessed Sacrament from the Altar of Reposes and Holy Communion. After the final hymn we left the church in silence.
My people, what have I done to you?
How have I offended you? Answer me.
Good Friday Reproaches
O God, who by the Passion of Christ your Son, our Lord,
abolished the death inherited from ancient sin
by every succeeding generation,
grant that just as, being conformed to him,
we have borne by the law of nature
the image of the man on earth,
so by the sanctification of grace
we may bear the image of the Man of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.