by Sr. Fidelis
Last week we celebrated the feast of the Holy Cross, and while this feast falls only once in the year we found ourselves chanting some of the same familiar Antiphons and Hymns from Holy Week. Coming into Lauds my mind was swirling with busyness, thoughts and worries about the upcoming pressures of the day. It probably took a full Psalm for me to settle but as I wrangled my mind into focus on the service at hand I experienced a moment of clarity and revelation. The words sitting before me were the answers to all my concerns: words about sacrifice and love and the resulting victory and salvation. I felt kind of caught up short as the power of the words I was reading without really paying attention dawned on me. The antiphon “Ecce Crucem Domini” particularly spoke to me: Behold the cross of the Lord; flee, you hostile parties; the lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David, Alleluia!