Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

The forthcoming Blessed will climax with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It is for me, after the Eucharist itself, the most sublime devotion possible: an intimacy unmatched and an opportunity to dwell in the presence of God, manifest before us – a closeness in prayer which sometimes simply jumping up and down and repeating “you’re so great, you’re so great” simply doesn’t compare to. I have a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, even being a member of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (I support wholeheartedly their aims and objects, even if the rest of them appear at this time to be unspeakable Spikes).

The challenge is how to explore that in an alt.worship context, with many who might be quite unfamiliar with the devotion: to teach and yet at the same time, find space for prayer, devotion and worship. I hope this video might be a way forward for us, at this event at least.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emhk3oRu8PY

Music Credits, of course, are due to Sue Wallace at Visions who sent me the funky music to which I have ineptly added the piano bit. Ben Mizen is the man who is the Acid Pro Master, who has made my rather jarring efforts into something approaching music. My thanks to both of them.

Video-wise, I have a slight geeky-pleasure in learning how to use a mask to pick out part of an image and (in this case) to pull out colour from a black and white image, in the case of this video Jesus and a Candle Flame. I have never needed it before, and this is how I learn to do stuff: need to know. The possibilities for this are numerous, and once I start with this technique, there are many times when we will be grateful for this. People often say “how do you learn this stuff” but it doesn’t seem much, when I just pick stuff up as and when I need it: this week masking, last week chromakey – it’s only a chapter ahead and anyone can do what I do, and better.
It ends with a sequence where the congregation are given a candle with “watch and pray” labelled on it for them to take away with them and to join in the Gethsemene wait – the dawn is not far off, and the resurrection will be a reality soon. Promise.