|The Table. (Credit Amy Clifford for photo)|
Then we moved into feasting on a spread of breads, juices and wines as we offered communion to one another. My table even had gluten free Irish Soda Bread for me! We smothered bread with wildflower honey and red pepper hummus and marmalade and raspberry jam. We do this to remember the last meal that Jesus enjoyed with his disciples. Then, just as in the story of Maundy Thursday, the tone abruptly changes. I read John 13:21-30 aloud in which Jesus foretells his own betrayal. We each deposited 30 "pieces of silver" into a large bowl in silence, the only sound being the incessant sound of betrayal, as Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for the same amount.
Then the altar and the worship space was stripped as the cantor chanted Psalm 88. The assembly left in silence. There is no benediction, because the Triduum does not end until the Great Vigil of Easter is celebrated.