Friday, August 02, 2013

A Blessed Sacrament procession... the beautiful grounds of  the school where the FAITH Movement held its week-long Summer Session this year.  There is a statue of Christ with arms outstretched in blessing on the main lawn, and this is a perfect setting for an outdoor Benediction.  We began, of course, in the chapel - very hot and crowded - and then, with young men carrying the canopy over the Blessed Sacrament, walked through the courtyards and out into the grounds of the school, praying the Mysteries of Light. In the  cool evening, with the great chorus of voices praying the Rosary, and singing "Ave, Ave..." it was all very stirring.. A choir of young FATH members  sang most beautifully as we knelt on the wide lawn for Benediction, and then we prayed the Litany of the Most Holy Eucharist,...."Jesus, the Most High...the Holy One...only Son of the Father...reigning in glory... Lord of all history... Lord of the cosmos... Master Key to the meaning of the universe...manna from and everlasting for everlasting life...Holy Banquet...eternal sacrifice...Mediator of the New Covenant..."

The procession led us through the grounds and along the shaded main drive, and back into the chapel, where "Tantum ergo sacramentum..." rang out. After the second Benediction, we prayed Night Prayer. Singing "The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended..." is one of the things that brings back memories of so many FAITH sessions of past years, binding them with today...

No comments: