Archbishop Charles Scicluna insisted that the image of Jesus may be found in the sick in hospitals, and among prisoners living in corrective facilities.
During the Liturgical Action of the Passion and Death of the Lord, Mgr. Scicluna reflected on Pontius Pilate’s words, Ecce Homo, which according to the Archbishop contain a profound truth spread across multiple levels.
This is where man lies: The Archbishop spoke about those people who feel rejected by society. Those people who know what it feels like to be sick and those who suffer. These people can look at Jesus and repeat the words of Pontius Pilate.
This is what one can do: If a person reflects on Jesus’ suffering, one can understood how cruel humanity can be, said Mgr. Scicluna. He explained that through Jesus’ suffering, one may observe the lack of humanity’s appreciation for truth and life.
Through his suffering, a cure was found: Archbishop Charles Scicluna explained that the third significance of Ecce Homo is that through Jesus’ torture, man found his cure and healing. He explained how the Lord accepted everyone’s troubles and pain in order to save humanity.
The commemoration of the Lord’s death started at 3.30pm on Friday. The Solemn Commemoration of the Passion and death of the Lord will be led by Archbishop Charles Scicluna at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta.
The significance of this event is emphasized by the darkness in the church, the lack of use of musical instruments, the silence, and the dramatic gestures used almost only during this liturgical action.
There are several moments of silence throughout the liturgy – when the liturgy starts with the priests processing to the altar and prostrating themselves for a few moments in silent prayer, the silence pauses between the intercessory prayers, during the entrance of the Cross for Veneration, when the bare altar is being prepared for the distribution of the Eucharist, after communion the alter is stripped again in silence, and when the priests are processing out of the church into the sacristy.
The liturgy is celebrated in three parts: the Liturgy of the Word and General Intercessions, Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.
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