Today we begin the Triduum - the three great days which are at the centre of our salvation
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. Jn 13: 34
But the shadows draw in, and the joyful celebration begins to give way as a more sombre mood closes in on us. There is no blessing at the end of Mass. Instead we transfer the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, going in Procession singing the solemn praises of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Altar of Repose resembles the Garden of Gethsemane in which the final agonised hours of Jesus are spent, before he is handed over to his enemies. He prays that most pure prayer: Father, thy will be done. And he invites us to "watch and pray". So we keep watch with the Lord. (At Newman House we also have a now established tradition of going to visit the Altars of Repose in our neighbouring churches, as a sign of our communion and fellowship). The Watch is kept until midnight, when we disperse as the disciples did. For already the day of the Lord's Passion has arrived.