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Good Friday

April 3, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Good Friday,

Today begins the novena of Divine Mercy.

Also, there is a plenary indulgence available for the asking
for devoutly assisting at the adoration of the Cross in today’s solemn liturgical action,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion, prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

There is no Entrance Antiphon or Collect–we pick up where we left off last night…

Prayer:
Remember Your mercies, O Lord,
and with Your eternal protection sanctify Your servants,
for whom Christ Your Son,
by the shedding of His Blood,
established the Paschal Mystery.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

OR:
O God, who, by the Passion of Christ Your Son, our Lord,
abolished the death inherited from ancient sin
by every succeeding generation,
grant that just as, being conformed to Him,
we have borne by the law of nature
the image of the man of earth,
so by the sanctification of grace
we may bear the image of the Man of Heaven.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 52:13- 53:12 (He Himself was wounded for our sins)
Psalm 31:2,6,12-13,15-17, 25 “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit”
Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 (our High Priest sympathizes with our weakness)
+John 18:1-19:42 (the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ)

God’s finest hour
is when He demonstrates
that neither life nor death,
nor torture, mockery or shame,
betrayal, weakness, cowardice,
nor any other thing
can overcome
the mighty Love
He has
for me.

Would that
this mighty Love
would find a home
and grow
in me.

Do I see Majesty on the Cross?
Do I take Jesus as my model for suffering?

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