Friday, April 10, 2009

"Friday Five: Adoramus Te"

Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi,
quia per sanctam crucem tuam
redemisti mundum.
Qui passus es pro nobis,
Domine, miserere nobis.

We adore you, O Christ,
and we bless you,
because by your holy cross
you have redeemed the world.
O Lord, who suffered for us,
have mercy on us.

1. How will you pray and worship today?
I had planned on joining the seminary community in the stations of the cross this afternoon, but I took a tumble the other day and am very sore. Today, weather permitting, they will be done outside, going to various stations around the campus. But tonight I will be at Rural Lutheran assisting with the Good Friday liturgy.

2. Share a powerful memory or memories of Good Friday past.
One year when I lived in the Holy Land, an ecumenical group gathered and did a prayer walk to the various places Christ went prior to the crucifixion. We completed our walk at the Church of All Nations. What made this such a profound experience is that it hammered home to me the reality of our faith. These events of Holy Week happened in real places, in real historical time.

3. How have you grown and experienced God's love during this past Lent?
I have had a greater sense of God's presence and have found grace to keep things in perspective when it comes to mountains of reading and work and relationships with God and others. Somehow, I have not been flipping out with the work as much and have been able to be more present for my husband and friends. It's all grace.

4. In whom do you see the face of the suffering Christ most clearly?
In the people of Gettysburg. The community has been rocked with two very unexpected acts of violence, one just yesterday. It is a shock for this small town. Please keep everyone in prayer, especially those of our sister institution, the Gettysburg College community.

5. Where do you find hope for resurrection?
By looking back throughout my life and remembering God's continual faithfulness. At the risk of sounding trite--in God, I find hope for resurrection.

Bonus: Share a song, poem, or prayer that makes the paschal mystery come alive for you.
There are so many, but what has been running through my mind most of Lent has been "O Sacred Head Now Wounded."


Sophia said...

What a blessing to be able to experience the events of our salvation in the Holy Land!

Rejoicing with you in the grace of your Lent and hoping that you are feeling better soon, and that the worship experiences tonight and on the weekend will be truly blessed.

Mary Beth said...

So sorry to hear of the violence close to home. Sometimes it seems too much to bear. Blessings to you.

SingingOwl said...

Ivy, I am sad about the horrible events...praying. As for the video, oh my. I love F.O.'s voice, and I love this beautiful hymn as well. It was beautifully done and brought tears to my eyes. The Good Friday service I mentioned over at my place was so beautifully put together, but the BAD (and annoying) thing, tho I know he was unaware, was the organist. O Sacred Head Now Wounded was the first music of the should not be pounded out on the organ at double speed so that one cannot even get the words out and it feels like we are running to Golgotha has fast as we can go. Sadly, he played every singe sone in the same manner.

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I hope you are feeling better soon.