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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Taking Note: Triduum

This past week I filmed bink hanging a crimson banner from the catwalk above the sanctuary for the beginning of Holy Week:
Palm Sunday--called Passion Sunday in the old Catholic calendar, (passion, you know, coming from the Greek verb paschō, meaning "to suffer").

Passion Banner (2:11 min.)



Filmmaking is all about manipulation, but this really happened:
down below, the organist and cantor truly were rehearsing the 22nd psalm, which Jesus recites on the cross:
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me."

Today is Maundy Thursday, the first of the great Three Days, or Triduum, leading up to Easter. (I wrote about foot washing on Maundy Thursday last year, in the second half of this post.)

bink will replace this crimson swag––and the purple banners she hung at the beginning of Lent––with new banners for Easter Vigil, this Saturday night.

[Later: bink's 3-minute video distilling the Good Friday night liturgy is here: Tenebrae.]
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On a mundane note, and art making is all about the physical world:
Heights make my stomach flip, so there was no way I was going out on the catwalk with bink, though I'd like to. You can see at one point that bink's attached to a wire cable, in case she falls off.
Here, I'm lying on my stomach in the little doorway that opens onto the catwalk.

If you prefer secular stories at this season, you might like bink and my efforts from last year:
Peeps Blow Up (1812 Overture)



And the behind the scenes documentary: Peeps Blow Up: The Making Of.

5 comments:

Lill said...

The white plastic floating gracefully down was beautiful! As lovely as all the carefully designed architecture around it -- and a match with the light on the scarlet banner.

poodletail said...

Beautiful Passion Banner film, Fresca. Good on you for going out as far as the tunnel.

Margaret said...

Such a pleasing feeling when it was finally hung.

momo said...

Ah, "Peeps blow up" returns!

Fresca said...

Grumble.
Google has been eating my comments the last few days.
Suffice it to say I wrote thank you to each of you...