Friday, March 29, 2013
Christians remember this day as when Jesus of Nazareth was condemned by his own people, crucified by the Romans, and died. Holy Week's climax is the complete removal of God from Jesus. Infinitely remote from his Father, Evil encircled Christ, mocked, taunted, tortured and killed him. It was a manic orgy of darkness, heralding the triumph of Satan over God, and the death of Hope.
At the end of Tenebrae, Christians depart the sanctuary in darkness and silence. It is symbolic of the journey from Gulgalta by Mary and other mourners toward a seemingly hopeless future. Has God fled the world? The answer will be revealed after the passing of an anxious day.