we proclaim christ crucified
In his encyclical letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II wrote, “The agony in Gethsemane was the introduction to the agony of the Cross on Good Friday. The holy hour, the hour of the redemption of the world.”
Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day on the Christian calendar. Like St. Paul, today we proclaim Christ crucified (cf. 1 Cor 1:23).
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Peace be with you!
On the Friday of the Lord’s Passion (Good Friday) the Church commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross for the sins of all mankind, at the same time the Passover lamb was being killed and prepared for consumption among the Jewish people. On this day the Church does not celebrate Mass. The main altar remains completely bare, and the Tabernacle is empty. It is at the 3 o’clock hour on Good Friday that Jesus expired on the Cross, His Divine Mercy being poured out on the whole world. At this hour the Christian faithful should observe a solemn and prayerful silence in memory of the hour in which our salvation was won at so great a price.
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Two thousand years later, the single most recognizable icon of Christianity is the ignominious instrument of today’s event. The cross is the way which leads us to saving truth and eternal life. All of salvation history—all of human history—has been progressing to this moment in which sin and death and all of their empty promises are defeated. In Jesus’ crucified humanity, with his arms outstretched, we see the magnitude of divine love and mercy, and the redemption of our own suffering. “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world!””
Magnificat, Vol. 23, No. 1, Holy Week 2021, April 2, 2021
The agony in Gethsemane was the introduction to the agony of the Cross on Good Friday. The holy hour, the hour of the redemption of the world.”
Saint John Paul II, pope, Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Behold the wood of the cross, on which hung the salvation of the world.”
cf. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.