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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 27, 2013

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WEDNESDAY, March 27    Wednesday in Holy Week

Hebrews 12:1-3. We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.

On visiting Canterbury Cathedral in England, we were invited at the noon hour to pray the Lord’s Prayer in our native language. I was in one of the undercroft chapels, so I knelt. My prayer was caught up in the cacophony of global tongues.

The kneelers at the tiny chapel rail were stone. Over the centuries the supplications of the unknown faithful—the weary and the burdened, alike with archbishops, kings, and queens—had worn the stone to fit the knee. Some who had bent the knee at that rail were buried a few feet away, centuries ago. Together our prayers swirled in the incense of mystery and time. Not only had my prayers been lifted with the heterogeneity of tourists, but also with the communion of the celebrated Saints and the everyday saints who have prayed for a thousand years in that sacred building.

As we walk this most holy trail of the Triduum, we can be confident we do not carry the burden alone. Whether we gather in a cathedral or with a tiny congregation, or pray alone in a home chapel, the communion of saints gathers with us in our humble prayers of thanksgiving for the journey of Jesus Christ.

PRAY for the Diocese of Morogoro (Tanzania)

Ps 70; Isaiah 50:4-9a; John 13:21-32

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