If Only the Altar Could Cry (Sonnet)

altarEDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the fourth in a series of nine Eucharistic poems by Br. Dain, leading up to Corpus Christi.  We hope they will be an inspiration for your prayer and reflection.




Silent altar, marble cold

Unites in one the New and Old,

Salvation history’s epic bold

Upon this muted table told.

O’erlooked, this rising Testament,

Which cradles greatest sacrifice,

The purest Lamb, the dearest price,

Unseen the victim’s body rent.

If only altar could cry out

The wonder which upon it lies,

And to all hearts in earnest shout

It’s precious cargo as it dies.

Though silent altar makes no show,

May every heart its burden know.

About Br Dain Scherber LC

Br Dain Scherber LC is a religious seminarian of the Legionaries of Christ. Born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota, he attended the Legion’s high-school seminary in New Hampshire at the age of 13. He did his first two years of seminary in Dublin, Ireland before being transferred to Connecticut, where he continued his studies in the classical humanities for two years and worked as an assistant on the formation team for four years. He is currently studying philosophy at the Legion’s Center for Higher Studies in Rome.
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