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Following Holy Thursday is, of course, Good Friday. This day commemorates the day Jesus was executed on the Cross.
We began our day with an hour of Adoration at our Cathedral.
Contemplating the Passion of Our Lord...
While, at our parish, Lauds and Stations of the Cross were prayed.
We began the commemoration of Christ's death on the Cross with the Liturgy of the Hours.
"O God, come to my assistance."
+ "O Lord, make haste to help me."
"Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."
The altar is stripped bare. Jesus in not here.There is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Good Friday...not anywhere!
"O Sacred Head Surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore thee,
And tremble as they gaze..."
~ O Sacred Head Surrounded (Hymn)
Then, we sing the beautiful and soul piercing Lenten Lamentations. My favorite.
(my personal favorite...this devotion was introduced to us by our pastor)
*Foreword, by John Cardinal Krol, about Bitter Lamentations below.
(Borrowed from my parish's booklet)
Ancient chants retracing the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ; The devotion incorporates prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation, inviting participants to reflect on the mystery of Christian redemption, the Passion and death of the Christ.
The Lamentations take the shape of a three-part cycle; one part is sung each Sunday afternoon service. Each of the three parts has a parallel form and structure, with repeated musical motifs.
The Lamentations highlight the very emotional nature of Christian spirituality, inviting a personal identification with the Suffering Lord and His Mother.
Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord &
Veneration of the Cross
|Shoes removed. Our priests humbly approach the Cross.|
The Faithful, follow...
Holy Communion followed by The Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Novena
Ending with Adoration of Jesus in the Tomb...
It was a very beautiful Good Friday.
*Throughout the season of Lent, the Church invites us to meditate upon the mystery of our redemption - the Passion and death of Our Lord.
The ancient poets of Poland, drawing upon the Sacred Scriptures and the religious traditions of the people, used the medium of literary art to unfold, beautifully and devoutly, the heart-rending story of Our Saviour's Passion and our salutary reaction to it. This literary medium, under the title Bitter Lamentations, became a very popular lenten devotion, incorporating prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation. It served as an excellent medium for reflection and a deepening appreciation of the mystery of Redemption.
The Second Vatican Council called for renewal and for a more active participation in the Liturgy of the Word and of the Eucharist. It also encouraged the continuation and promotion of non-liturgical devotions as a means of advancing piety. For this reason, it is a pleasure to recommend the use of the "Lamentations" as a devotion which, for centuries, has been attractive and advantageous in promoting a proper observance of the Lenten Season and in preparing Christians for a worthy celebration of the Paschal Mystery."
~ John Cardinal Krol
Archbishop of Philadelphia