Discalced Carmelite Friars

Semi Province of St. Therese

This blog is being kept as a memorial to Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD, who was a Friar of the Discalced Carmelite Province of St. Therese in the United States and who wrote the posts on this blog. No further items will be posted on this blog.

~Discalced Carmelite Friars
Province of St. Therrese

Good Friday

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The Good Friday liturgy begins with the celebrants prostrate on the floor. In our community this year, only two priests were able to do a full prostration: Fr. Jerome in the foreground and myself in the back. Fr. Raphael managed a genuflection, and the main celebrant, Sam Anthony (in red chasuble) did a half prostration. Notice that the altar is stripped of cloths in remembrance of Jesus being stripped of his clothes at his crucifixion. The clean floor is due to a lot of cleaning prior to our services. Everything was covered with a thick layer of dust from construction which has been ongoing since the last winter storm on the first week of March burst a water pipe and left our basement flooded. 

Written by Fr. Michael Payne, OCD
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