Holy Week @ Home: Good Friday, April 2
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Good Friday is the day when we remember The Passion of The Lord. This liturgy is not a Mass as there is no consecration or Eucharistic Prayer. We use the pre-consecrated bread from Holy Thursday’s liturgy that is held in the chapel of repose for this day. The main tabernacle remains empty and the altar stripped as a sign of his sacrifice. We venerate the Cross to show our gratitude.
If this day focuses on Jesus’ suffering and death, why do we call it “good?” Rather than a day of gloom it is “good” because we celebrate the gift of the sacrifice of Jesus’ life on the Cross. Jesus pours out his life for us by embracing his fate of crucifixion. This gift of Jesus’ life is a central mystery of our faith. His death enables our salvation not on its own, but because of what we celebrate in the last two liturgies of Holy Week.
Prayer of the Day
Pray over this verse: “And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.” Jn 19:30
Action of the Day
Place a crucifix or cross in the place where your family gathers for prayer. Take turns holding it and offering a prayer for all of those who are suffering today.
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Content adapted from Sadlier and Catholic Relief Services resources.