"Yesterday He was betrayed, Today He dies. Tomorrow He is not with us." By facing up to this descent into darkness, this utter misery--imagining a world without Jesus--we are best prepared for the joy of His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Below, photos of the faithful in contemplation until midnight at the Altar of Repose, Maundy Thursday, after the stripping of the altars.
Including the transferred sanctuary lamp, there were 33 candles burning. This was unplanned, but fitting for He Who illuminated the world 33 years before expiring on the Cross.
And thanks to the generosity of a priest of the Archdiocese, at the Chrism Mass we received an altar stone and were able to have it fitted into our restored high altar in time for the evening Mass on Maundy Thursday. So when the stripping of the altars came, it was ready to be revealed beneath the cloths. In fact it was the second altar stone we received from kind priests of Liverpool Archdiocese, but alas the first was too large given the stonework immediately beneath our wooden altar.