Here is the translation of one of the classic Sarum antiphons for Vespers of the Feast, ‘Dulce Lignum’: ‘Sweet the Wood, the Nails how precious, sweet the Burthen they upheld: to them alone was granted to bear the world’s Redeemer’.

As we kneel in adoration at this beautiful feast, let us also gather in all the suffering people of the world, for which our Saviour Himself suffered on the Cross. Especially at this time, may they know they are not forgotten, and, more, that they are loved. May God bless you this day.