†Pseudoclasm†

Last Supper

THE NIGHT OFFICE

The Office of Matins and Lauds, for the last three days of Holy Week, differs, in many things, from that of the rest of the year, all is sad and mournful, as though it were a funeral-service: nothing could more emphatically express the grief that now weighs down the heart of our holy mother the Church. Throughout all the Office of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, she forbids herself the use of those formulas of joy and hope, wherewith, on all other days, she begins her praise of God. The Domine, labia mea aperies (0 Lord, thou shalt oioen my lips): the Deus, in adjutorium meum intende (Incline unto mine aid, God): the Gloria Patri, at the end of the Psalms, Canticles, and Responsories — all are taken away. So likewise are those soul-stirring additions, which have been gradually made, in the different ages; and nothing…

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