Holy Week questions

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Hope you are well. I have a couple of Holy Week questions for you.  First, let me tell you that I enjoyed your HW article in The Priest magazine, very much! Thank you for writing it. One question came up for me though. You mentioned in there, about reading John’s Last Discourse narrative during the Holy Thursday adoration period. Do you have a breakdown for this or how you have done this in the past?  I love the idea; never done that. I always close with Compline, but otherwise have never given much else to the 3 hours of adoration. Would like to do this, but don’t know if I have enough time to get it organized.

When I was in college, the local monastery used to chant the Good Friday Gospel. Do you know of any good English translations to do this? Any scores that three male cantors could use to sing the Passion narratives? What would be your recommendation there?

Thanks for any assist. Always appreciated.


A:  Thanks for your comments on my article.

The idea for reading the last discourse from John is in the Vatican’s Circular Letter on the paschal feasts, paragraph 56. http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdweastf.htm
I’ve never organized it, but it seems to me that a series of readers could proclaim one chapter every 30 minutes or so during the adoration period. Or don’t do the whole thing – just some of the critical moments. At a minimum, when I’ve gone over to end adoration, I’ve read the final chapter, along with the next verse about them going out to the Mount of Olives.
Regarding the Passion, GIA has it: https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/passion-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-the-print-g4988. With three good singers, I do recommend it.
A blessed holy week to you.