Music of Holy Week: Monday

Eripe Me (1584) by Orlando di Lasso (1532–1594) The liturgy of Palm Sunday began with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but the joyful cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David” soon gave way to the hate-filled shouts of “Crucify him!” Our focus has thus turned from the journey into Jerusalem to the journey toward Calvary, and the liturgical texts for the Monday of Holy Week mark this stark transition. The Gospel presents Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus as Judas Iscariot looks on, mocking her extravagant gesture of love, and the chief priests plotting not only to kill Jesus but also Lazarus, “because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him” (Jn 12:11). Jesus himself knows his hour draws near, telling Judas, “Let her keep this [anointing] for the day of my burial” (Jn 12:7). The Offertory chant for this day’s Mass invites us to contemplate the words of psalm 143 (142): “Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge” … Continue reading Music of Holy Week: Monday