Friday 21 March 2008

Watching before the Lord

"Stay awake and pray here with me" - words Jesus spoke to His closest disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, after the Last Supper. In great agony, Jesus also prayed and submitted Himself to the Father's will. The Church listens to Jesus' words and responds by spending time in prayer each Maundy Thursday after the Mass of the Lord's Supper. The Cathedral was open until Midnight, with people present throughout, simply watching and praying in Christ's presence. This memorial of Christ's agony in the garden prepares us for Good Friday, when we remember the Lord's trial, suffering, death and burial.