Devotional Resource: Passion Book

It has long been a practice in the Church to read the four accounts of Christ’s Passion during Holy Week. How long it has been a practice, I cannot say; but it certainly dates back at least to the Reformation, and was likely a preserved inheritance rather than an innovation (if anyone happens to know the history of such Passion reading during Holy Week, please comment and teach me).

I have put together a Passion Book for use in the home during Holy Week. It includes the four Passion accounts, along with the other historic readings for Holy Week. I have paired the ESV text with various woodcuts and paintings from the Church’s rich treasury, including series by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Giotto di Bondone, and Duccio di Buoninsegna.

The Passion Book is available here. There you will find PDF’s for the individual days, along with a compiled PDF of the entire Passion Book. I hope it proves to be edifying as you meditate on the holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ this Holy Week.


Devotional Resource: Passion Book — 7 Comments

  1. Summa Passionis settings, drawing on all four Gospels. These were never incorporated into the liturgy of the church use but circulated widely nonetheless.

    What does this mean?

  2. Pastor Richard,
    “The Liber Usualis is a book of commonly used Gregorian chants in the Catholic tradition, compiled by the monks of the Abbey of Solesmes in France. According to Willi Apel, the Liber Usualis originated in the 11th century.[1] Another source states that it was first published in the 16th century.[2]

    This 1,900-page book contains most versions of the ordinary chants for the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei), as well as the common chants for the Divine Office (daily prayers of the Church) and for every commonly celebrated feast of the Church Year (including more than two hundred pages for Holy Week alone).”
    1. Apel, Willi. Gregorian Chant. Indiana University Press, 1958. p. 417

    And then there is the Byzantine Church…

    What fun it would be to dig all this up! (and put into practice?).

  3. Assuming this work has been done, a number of times, but how thoroughly, i.e., all 200 pages translated into the vernacular, with the Latin printed side by side, and the neumatic notation transcribed into present day notation?
    Your work is beautiful.
    I do not presume to teach. I am very interested in learning the answers to my questions.

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