The accomplishment of the sacrifice – THE mystery of Faith – is about to begin, so the priest asks the faithful to lift up their hearts. We should all be keenly aware that the assistance of grace is necessary to raise our minds and hearts solely to God, for without the divine assistance, we poor creatures are incapable of putting all worldly distractions aside. “Recollection of mind and fervor of devotion are gifts of the Lord,” says Fr. N. Gihr.
While we contemplate our afflicted Savior condemned to an ignominious death, we may also see with the eyes of the soul what is imperceptible to the indifferent and to the worldly: The heavens open to reveal myriads of celestial beings in adoration of our King!
Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, who didst for my sake vouchsafe to receive the sentence of death, even the death of the Cross; make me for Thy love not to fear the sentence of the most cruel death that the wicked judgments of men can pronounce against me, nor ever to judge evilly of others. Amen.”
In the Preface we implore God to permit our lowly adoration to be made worthy by having our praises joined to that of the celestial militia, all those “angels who praise, Dominations who worship, and Powers who stand in awe.”