St. Peter Gallicantu
After praying together where Our Lord prayed, the faithful process to the home of Caiaphas, retracing the journey of Jesus after his arrest. People gather at the site of Peter’s betrayal and contemplate their own betrayal of Our Lord by their sins.
After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest; Peter was following at a distance. They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter sat down with them. When a maid saw him seated in the light, she looked intently at him and said, “This man too was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” A short while later someone else saw him and said, “You too are one of them”; but Peter answered, “My friend, I am not.” About an hour later, still another insisted, “Assuredly this man too was with him, for he also is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “My friend, I do not know what you are talking about.” Just as he was saying this, the cock crowed, and the Lord turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly.
As the night turned into morning, Christ continued His journey to the Cross, suffering at the hands of Pilate, being condemned to death, carrying His Cross to Calvary and ultimately dying for our sake. The somber moments of Holy Thursday, remembered and commemorated at the very sites where they took place, were only a prelude to the greatest event in history – Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.
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