Monday, April 05, 2010


We spent much of the Triduum at Notre Dame participating in the celebrations at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. This is one of the most beautiful Churches in the world (Okay, I haven't seen a lot of the Churches in the world, but I don't know how you can argue the point.). At the four services we attended, we sat in four different seats, so got four different perspective. Each perspective gave us a new banquet of beauty and symbolic depths to feast upon.

The Liturgical Choir and the Folk Choir pulled out all the stops (I'm sure literally), accompanied by the brass, strings, tympani, cymbals, and bells. My favorite hymn that they sang was "This is the Feast of Victory for Our God," sung to the beautiful tune called "Festival Canticle" (Arthur/Hillert).

The whole experience reminds me of Psalm 150.

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy sanctuary;
give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.
Give praise for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his great majesty.
Give praise with blasts upon the horn,
praise him with harp and lyre.
Give praise with tambourines and dance,
praise him with flutes and strings.
Give praise with crashing cymbals,
praise him with sounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah! (Ps. 150)

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