Friday, 09 February 2018
THE SOLEMN COMMEMORATION OF THE PASSION
Titular Feast of our Order
St. Paul of the Cross, by means of a letter of 27 September 1758, asked several religious to compose the Office of the Solemnity of the Passion. The wish of Pope Clement XIV to extend this office to the entire Church delayed the final approval, which was granted on 10 January 1776, several months after the death of our Holy Founder. As the titular feast of all Passionists, it was always celebrated with great solemnity as an expression of our charism and our mission in the Church.
The Passion, in its widest sense, begins with the Incarnation and ends with the ignominy of the Cross (Phil.2:6-8; cfr. Heb. 13:13). It is the work of the Trinity– the Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son” (John 3:16); the Son, who, “having loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the end” (Jn. 13:1); the Holy Spirit, which the Son sends from the Father (John 15:26), at the hour of his glorification (Jn.7:39; 19:30). Each time, then, that we eat the bread and drink the chalice, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1Cor.11:26). To remember the Passion of the Lord means “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.” (2Cor.4:10).
All-powerful and ever-living God,
in obedience to your will,
our savior became man and died upon the cross and
so became for us
the great example of humility.
On this solemnity in honor of his Passion, help
us to be united with him in his suffering,
so that we may be one with him in
the glory of his resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.