Come to the Altar

Come to the Altar

Holy Week is the time of our great Passover: the passage from darkness to light, from sadness to joy, from time to eternity, from death to life. And so we are drawn to the Cross, and the Cross is offered to us, in this and in every Eucharist. The Eucharist is the place and the means and the price of our Passover for the Eucharist is the Church held in the embrace of the Cross.
Come, surrender.
If you are weary, come to the altar, surrender to the embrace of the Cross. If you are fearful and isolated, come to the altar, surrender to the embrace of the Cross. If you are bitter, or bruised, or fragmented, come to the altar, surrender to the embrace of the Cross. If you hunger and thirst for holiness, come to the altar, surrender to the embrace of the Cross. If you would ascend with Christ to the Father, if you would make of your life a fragrant offering, come to the altar, surrender to the embrace of the Cross. If you would leave behind the darkness of the cold tomb, if you would know the joy of resurrection, come to the altar, surrender to the embrace of the Cross.
Toward the eighth day.
Together let us surrender to the mystery of the Cross. Together let us receive from the altar the mystery of the Cross and so enter into the silence and into the song of the great and glorious Pasch of the Lord. In a week’s time, having passed over from death to life, from the seven days of measured time into the mystic Eighth Day, we will hail the festival day of Him who triumphs over hell and holds the stars of heaven in His hand.
(Salve, Festa Dies, Easter Processional Hymn. Reflection from Fr. Mark Kirby.)

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2 thoughts on “Come to the Altar

  1. Again, thank you. I needed to read this today.
    This week is a week of waiting for me, for a number of reasons and the reminder of surrender and the Cross are good ones to carry with me.
    Blessed Holy Week!

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