April 10, 2020

holy week grief meditation

Years ago I created a Holy Week Grief ritual as part of the men's work I was leading. It involved an hour-long ritual that was open, interactive, and raw. It was inspired in part by the work I had done with the Men's Rites of Passage from Richard Rohr.

The ritual hour involved listening to the entire Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) by Gorecki. During the meditation words slowly appeared on an image of the crucifixion of Jesus by Rouault.

I have taken those grief words and the second movement of the symphony and created this grief meditation. Holy Week draws us into the depths, and part of those depths is the need to go through all our grief so that it can transform us, or rather, so God can transform us through it by the paschal mystery of Christ's death and resurrection. Soon the new life, but first all the grief.



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