Christus factus est pro nobis obédiens usque ad mortem...

Usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. And then, tomorrow, the antiphon will be complete. Am waiting for the Messe des Présanctifiés to begin at Saint-Eugène (that name derives from the fact that the Host that is used during today's rite was consecrated yesterday, since today and tomorrow see no celebration of the Holy Sacrifice at all), catching up with Father Hunwicke

In 2009, the late Professor Richard Parish of this University delivered a quite brilliant series of Bampton Lectures (you can't get more prestigious than that) on seventeenth century French Catholicism. In the course of one of them, quite obiter, he mentioned the effect that seeing the liturgical colour Red on Good Friday must have had on people's devotion. It got me thinking ...  in fact, thinking so much that, called as I am by Providence to be a pedant, I popped into Queen's College library and looked at their Missale Parisiense to check.

You've guessed: the colour was indeed Black.

'Called as I am by Providence to be a pedant', ha. While I'm pretty sure that in the Pauline Rite the color these days is violet, I'm also remembering, perhaps incorrectly of course, that Saint-E. maintains the older custom. Today, in the 1920 Missale Romanum of which I have a pdf, is simply Feria VIa in Parasceve. The sacred Actio comprises four parts: the lessons and the reading of the Passion according to Saint John, the solemn intercessions, the ceremony of the Adoration of the Cross, and the priest's Communion. (In the Pauline Rite, Holy Communion is also given to the people.)

And it has just occurred to me, tsk, that I ought to say Sext and None; probably won't fit None in until after the Mass and before Tenebrae of Holy Saturday. 

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The streaming of the Mass was 'impeded', ahem. 'Empêchement' was the word used, an obstacle of some sort, moral or physical. Who knows. It is perhaps unnecessarily gloomy to consider that the word also means an 'impediment' in the legal, canonical sense but, considering the history and Canon Guelfucci's spot of bother last Triduum, I'm quick to suspect the perfidy of clerics at the bishop's palace, ahem. If it were 'technical difficulties' yet again, why wouldn't just that be written? 

Tenebrae is a 'go', so long as I've read the note (on the YouTube page) at 11:57 Pacific Time correctly. Johnny B. has gotten impatient, ha-- que ce passe t il???-- but the Mass is just running late. The Mass has been celebrated, certainly, and only the streaming of it was 'impeded'; Tenebrae will be celebrated, and the streaming unimpeded. I am still imagining clerical perfidy somewhere at the évêché. Here we go; 1240. It's only now dawned on me that if I am to get to the parish church downtown by 1500 (for the 'live' Pauline Rite Actio), I'm going to miss the last part of Tenebrae; tsk. Even if it had begun at noon as scheduled I would likely have had to miss some of it; the taxi isn't retired from the Formula One circuit nor is its driver. Occasionally I simply don't think.

R. Jerúsalem, surge, et éxue te véstibus jucunditátis: indúere cínere et cilício,

* Quia in te occísus est Salvátor Israël.

V. Deduc quasi torréntem lácrimas per diem et noctem, et non táceat pupílla óculi tui.

R. Quia in te occísus est Salvátor Israël.

The Schola now begins, with the chanters intoning the first antiphon In pace idipsum dormiam et requiescam.

The final antiphon at Lauds: O vos omnes, qui transítis per viam, atténdite et vidéte, si est dolor sicut dolor meus. The video recording is of Victoria's setting. But I am having to abandon Tenebrae in order to get downtown by 1500, alas.

Christus factus est pro nobis obédiens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis: propter quod et Deus exaltávit illum, et dedit illi nomen quod est super omne nomen.