Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday Arts and Faith

Cross on Good Friday
Our cross is the one used by our confirmandi in the recent reflection on the stations of the cross presented during the reconciliation service when our young people made their first confession. It will appear again on Sunday with signs of new life.

On Friday the only day when there is no Mass, we gather in silence for the Good Friday service where we listen to the Passion from John's gospel which are followed by twelve prayers of intercession for the world.  Then the cross is shown to the people, as the words 'This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world' are sung, to which we reply 'Come let us worship', following this we process to venerate the cross.  During the third part of the service, the Blessed Sacrament is brought to the altar where we receive Holy Communion and then leave in silence.  

During the service the children attended children's liturgy where we prayed the stations of the cross and then quietly coloured their pictures as we listened to the Taize chant, Jesus remember me ... and then went back to church to join the adults venerate the cross.