Every Good Friday, the monks adore our Savior upon the wood of the Cross of our redemption, during which the Reproaches are sung. It is at this Good Friday Liturgy, or Mass of the Presanctified, that the mystery and desolation of the Cross and the humanity of Christ in His Incarnation and Passion come to the fore. Here is an excerpt from a homily on the Passion by Pope St. Leo the Great:
"True reverence for the Lord's Passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in Him our own humanity... No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the Cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against Him. How much more does it bring to thsoe who turn to Him in repentance...
"The Christian people are invited to share in the riches of paradise. All who have been reborn have the way open before them to return to their native land, from which they had been exiled. Unless indeed they close off forthemselves the path that could be opened before the faith of a thief. The business of this life should not preoccupy us with its anxiety and pride, so that we no longer strive with all the love of our heart to be life our Redeemer, and to follow His example. Everything that He did or suffered was for our salvation: He wanted His Body to share in the goodness of its head...
"Again, who cannot recognize in Christ his own infirmities? Who would not recognize taht Christ's eating and sleeping, His sadness and His shedding tears of love are marks of the nature of a slave?...
"The body that lay lifeless in the tomb is ours. The body that rose agai on the third day is ours. The body that ascended above all the heights of heaven to the right hand of the Father's glory is ours.If then we walk in the way of His commandments, and are not ashamed to acknowledge the price He paid for our salvation in a lowly body, we too are to rise to share His glory. The promise He made will be fulfilled in the sight of all: Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I too will acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven."
Here is the Abbey's Triddum schedule:
Maundy Thursday, 2 April: 7.30p - Mass of the Lord's Supper, followed by the watch at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
Good Friday, 3 April: 12.00p - Stations of the Cross
3.00p - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion/Mass of the Presanctified
8.00p - Office of Tenebrae
Holy Saturday, 4 April: 8.00p - The Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, 5 April: 9.00a - Mass of the Lord's Resurrection