Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Sr. Fidelis

The Alleluia for the third week of Paschaltide takes its’ verse from Luke 24: 35.

Cognoverunt discipuli Dominum Jesum in fractione panis.  The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread.

A Latin word study gives numerous enlightening meanings:  to know….to become thoroughly acquainted with, to learn by inquiring, to examine, to perceive.  One meaning implied that it required individual exertion to strive to know.  Can we imagine the enlightening of spirit, paired with the reality of the recent Last Supper, and the breaking of the bread of the body on the cross that filled the disciples when the Lord Jesus broke the bread in their presence?

Alleluia….may we know him to that depth today.


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