Thursday, March 20, 2008

Holy Thursday / Semana Santa

William Blake, Holy Thursday, Songs of Innocence (1789)

  • ’Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean,
  • The children walking two and two, in red and blue and green,
  • Grey-headed beadles walk'd before, with wands as white as snow,
  • Till into the high dome of Paul’s they like Thames' waters flow.

  • O what a multitude they seem'd, these flowers of London town!
  • Seated in companies they sit with radiance all their own.
  • The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs,
  • Thousands of little boys and girls raising their innocent hands.

  • Now like a mighty wind they raise to Heaven the voice of song,
  • Or like harmonious thunderings the seats of Heaven among.
  • Beneath them sit the aged men, wise guardians of the poor;
  • Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.

William Blake, Holy Thursday, Songs of Experience (1794)

  • Is this a holy thing to see
  • In a rich and fruitful land,
  • Babes reduced to misery
  • Fed with cold and usurous hand?

  • Is that trembling cry a song?
  • Can it be a song of joy?
  • And so many children poor?
  • It is a land of poverty!

  • And their sun does never shine.
  • And their fields are bleak & bare.
  • And their ways are fill'd with thorns.
  • It is eternal winter there.

  • For where-e’er the sun does shine,
  • And where-e’er the rain does fall:
  • Babe can never hunger there,
  • Nor poverty the mind appall.

John 13:1, 12-16 (RSV)Aboriginal art1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. . . .

12 When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

Jesus washes feet
Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Washing of the Feet (ca. 1311)

Semana Santa


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