Hoc Corpus – Passion Sunday

Although many do not specifically celebrate “Passion Sunday” on this 5th Sunday of Lent, a brief note on the common Communio Hoc Corpus may be worthy.

This is my body which is given for you;
this cup is the new testament in my blood, saith the Lord:
do this, as oft as ye shall meet together in remembrance of me.

The tritone from Fa to Ti on vobis tradetur provides insight as our Lord begins his suffering and passion.  It is a difficult journey, one which takes great pains.  We see this same intervallic relationship on calix novi, meo sanguine, and meam commemorationem.  As we begin the last week of Lent and begin Holy Week, may our Sacred music reflect the giving of Christ in the Holy Eucharist and on the Cross as truly a gift for our salvation.