A tradition on Maundy Thursday is to keep vigil through the night, meditating, praying, and remaining with Christ’s presence, as Peter, James, and John were asked to do in the Garden of Gethsemane. For the past six years, St. Philip’s has observed this time of vigil by hosting an all-night reading of Dante’s Inferno. On Maundy Thursday, April 17, beginning at 9 p.m. in the Church, hear the Inferno read the way Dante originally intended. Selected Cantos will be read by parishioners, distinguished poets, eminent translators, visiting scholars, and honored guests. Each half-hour segment will begin with the tolling of the tower bells and will include silent meditation, atmospheric music, and the reading of one Canto. The reading will continue until 10 a.m. on Good Friday. Attendees are welcome to stay for as much of the reading as they would like or to arrive or depart at any time. Other areas of the Church and Columbarium garden are available for prayer and to keep watch throughout the night.
I wish I could be there! The narrative of the Inferno, in case you don’t know, begins in a dark wood on Holy Thursday, in the year 1300.
What music would you play between cantos at this vigil? Anybody?