So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Suffer our sinful bodies to return to their parent dust." Friday Meditation: Jesus in the Tomb.

The following is an excerpt from the Stations of the Cross as celebrated at the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman (Victoria, BC), a quasi-parish of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. Pay attention to the beautiful and sobering expression "parent dust".

Officiant: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
People: Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.


The Body of her dearly beloved Son is taken from His Mother, and laid by the disciples in the tomb. The tomb is closed, and there the lifeless Body remains until the hour of Its glorious resurrection.


We, too, O God, will descend into the grave whenever it shall please Thee, as it shall please Thee, and wheresoever it shall please Thee. Suffer our sinful bodies to return to their parent dust; but do Thou, in Thy great mercy, receive our immortal souls; and when our bodies have risen again place them likewise in Thy kingdom, that with Thy saints we may love and bless Thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Act of Contrition

All: O God, we love Thee with our whole hearts and above all things, and are heartily sorry that we have offended Thee. May we never offend Thee anymore. O may we love Thee without ceasing, and make it our whole delight to do in all things Thy most holy will.

Officiant: Have mercy upon us, O Lord.
People: Have mercy upon us.

Officiant: +May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
People: Amen.

To my parting soul be given
Entrance at the gate of Heaven,
And in Paradise a place.

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