Apr 18, 2014

Good Friday: A Day of Reflection, Penance and Prayers

Good Friday is observed by many Christians around the world on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and his death at Calvary.

As part of the Paschal Triduum, Good Friday is a religious holiday observed during Holy Week and may correspond with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, Easter Friday or the Friday in Easter week.

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Today, is a special day for Reflection, Penance and Prayers. To remember the death of Jesus on the cross and challenge the mystery of the cross. A day of fasting and abstinence to shape our awareness and openness. A day to stand at the foot of the cross as a forgiven sinner. 

His sufferings and death will always be a part of our  lives no matter what religion or spirituality we affiliate ourselves with. We can be a true disciples of Christ by embracing our hearts and deal with the cross that we personally carry.

Today's Daily Reflection: 
For our sake our Redeemer suffered death and was buried, and rose again.  With heartfelt love let us adore him, and pray: Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ our teacher, for our sake you were obedient even to accepting death...
     - Teach us to obey the Father's will in all things. 

Christ our life, by your death on the cross you destroyed the power of evil and death... 
     - May we die with you, to rise with you in glory. 

Christ our King, you became an outcast among us, a worm and no man... 
     - Teach us the humility by which you saved the world. 

Christ our salvation, you gave yourself up to death out of love for us... 
     - Help us to show your love to one another.

Christ our Savior, on the cross you embraced all time with your outstretched arms... 
    - Unite God's scattered children in your kingdom of salvation. 

Good Friday Prayer:
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of
peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind;
    For the hungry and the homeless, the destitute 
        and the oppressed 
    For the sick, the wounded, and the crippled 
    For those in loneliness, fear, and anguish 
    For those who face temptation, doubt, and despair 
    For the sorrowful and bereaved 
    For prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger

That God in his mercy will comfort and relieve them, and
grant them the knowledge of his love, and stir up in us the
will and patience to minister to their needs.

 Amen.

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