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Here’s how to celebrate Good Friday at home

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Here you have the prayers, readings, and everything else you need to celebrate with God’s Word.

In order to worthily celebrate Good Friday, Aleteia, with the help of Magnificat magazine, offers you this celebration of the Word of God you can use at home.

Instructions specific to Good Friday:

  • If you don’t have a crucifix on hand, make a cross, suitable but very simple, about 40 centimeters long—for example, with two wooden sticks tied with string.
  • As much as possible, the text of the great Good Friday Solemn Intercessions should be made available to each person present.
  • The person who will lead the celebration should take to heart the responsibility of preparing his or her role well in advance.
  • The Reading of the Passion is particularly beautiful and engaging. In order to do it justice, the readers should make an effort to read it relatively slowly, in a loud voice and with clear diction. Ideally, each reader should prepare in advance their part of the reading.
  • The roles should be assigned in advance.
    The roles are designated throughout the reading with the following letters:
    X = Christ; N = Narrator; V = Voice; C = Crowd.
    If there are only three readers, the Narrator (N) will also read the Crowd (C).
    If there are only two readers, the Narrator (N) will also read the Crowd (C),
    and the Voice (V).
  • The Reader should blow out the single candle after reading the following verse: “Then, bowing his head, he gave up the spirit.”
  • The prayer corner is stripped of all that is beautiful and superfluous. In the end, only the crucifix should remain. Flowers should not be used.
  • Only one candle is lit: the one that the Reader will blow out during the Reading of the Passion. No electric lights are turned on, except the minimum necessary for the readings. They should be turned off afterwards.
  • The celebration should begin preferably around 3:00 p.m.
  • Throughout the celebration, an effort should be made to maintain a particularly silent and contemplative atmosphere. It should be evident that something dramatic is going on.

 General Instructions:

  • This celebration requires the presence of at least two people.
  • If you’re alone, it is better to simply read the readings and prayers of the Mass of the day in your missal and/or watch the Celebration of the Passion on television.
  • This celebration is particularly suitable for use with family. In order to respect quarantine measures, you should refrain from inviting others from outside your household. If anyone in your house is ill, make sure they remain in isolation to ensure that all safety guidelines are strictly followed.
  • Set up the needed number of chairs in front of a prayer corner, respecting distance between them.
  • Designate a person to lead the prayer. He or she will also determine the length of the periods of silence, so the other participants need not be distracted thinking about it.
  • Designate a reader for the initial readings.

GOOD FRIDAY
Celebration of the Word
“It is finished.”

All are seated in silence for two minutes.
Then, all rise and make the Sign of the Cross, saying
:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER

The leader says the opening prayer:

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.

The readings are taken from the Mass for Good Friday.

The reader of the first reading remains standing while the rest sit down.

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah (Is 52:13—53:12)

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at him–
so marred was his look beyond human semblance
and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man–
so shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.

Who would believe what we have heard?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by people,
a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
one of those from whom people hide their faces,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.

Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
and smitten for the sin of his people,
a grave was assigned him among the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers,
though he had done no wrong
nor spoken any falsehood.
But the LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death
and was counted among the wicked;
and he shall take away the sins of many,
and win pardon for their offenses.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The reader of the psalm stands, while the others remain seated.

It is preferable for the psalm to be sung. If the celebration is in a family context, the refrain may be simply said or sung by all after the reader has read each strophe.

PSALM (31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25)

R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.    

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.

R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.    

For all my foes I am an object of reproach,
a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends;
they who see me abroad flee from me.
I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.

R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.    

But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”

R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.    

Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
Take courage and be stouthearted,
all you who hope in the LORD.

R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.    

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter to Hebrews (Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9)

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

In the days when Christ was in the flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL

All rise and say or sing the acclamation of the gospel.

Christ became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.

The reading is done according to the roles determined ahead of time.

The letters designating the various readers are as follows:

X = Christ; N = Narrator; V = Voice; C = Crowd
If young children are present, they may be seated.

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (Jn 18:1-19-42)

N  Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. Judas his betrayer also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them,

X  “Whom are you looking for?”

N  They answered him,

C  “Jesus the Nazorean.”

N  He said to them,

X  “I AM.”

N  Judas his betrayer was also with them. When he said to them, “I AM,” they
turned away and fell to the ground. So he again asked them,

X  “Whom are you looking for?”

N  They said,

C  “Jesus the Nazorean.”

N  Jesus answered,

X  “I told you that I AM. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.”

N  This was to fulfill what he had said, “I have not lost any of those you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter,

X  “Put your sword into its scabbard. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”

N  So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus, bound him, and brought him to Annas first. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Now the other disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus. But Peter stood at the gate outside. So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest, went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in. Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter,

V  “You are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”

N  He said,

V  “I am not.”

N  Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire that they had made, because it was cold, and were warming themselves. Peter was also standing there keeping warm.

The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine. Jesus answered him,

X  “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing. Why ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.”

N  When he had said this, one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said,

V  “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”

N  Jesus answered him,

X  “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”

N  Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm. And they said to him,

C  “You are not one of his disciples, are you?”

N  He denied it and said,

V  “I am not.”

N  One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said,

V  “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”

N  Again Peter denied it. And immediately the cock crowed.

Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium. It was morning. And they themselves did not enter the praetorium, in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and said,

V  “What charge do you bring against this man?”

N  They answered and said to him,

C  “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.”

N  At this, Pilate said to them,

V  “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

N  The Jews answered him,

C  “We do not have the right to execute anyone,”

N  in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled that he said indicating the kind of death he would die. So Pilate went back into the praetorium and summoned Jesus and said to him,

V  “Are you the King of the Jews?”

N  Jesus answered,

X  “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?”

N  Pilate answered,

V  “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”

N  Jesus answered,

X  “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”

N  So Pilate said to him,

V  “Then you are a king?”

N  Jesus answered,

X  “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

N  Pilate said to him,

V  “What is truth?”

N  When he had said this, he again went out to the Jews and said to them,

V  “I find no guilt in him. But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover. Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

N  They cried out again,

C  “Not this one but Barabbas!”

N  Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,

C  “Hail, King of the Jews!”

N  And they struck him repeatedly. Once more Pilate went out and said to them,

V  “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no guilt in him.”

N  So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And Pilate said to them,

V  “Behold, the man!”

N  When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out,

C  “Crucify him, crucify him!”

N  Pilate said to them,

V  “Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him.”

N  The Jews answered,

C  “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”

N  Now when Pilate heard this statement, he became even more afraid, and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,

V  “Where are you from?”

N  Jesus did not answer him. So Pilate said to him,

V  “Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?”

N  Jesus answered him,

X  “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above. For this reason the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”

N  Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out,

C  “If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”

N  When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha. It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon. And he said to the Jews,

V  “Behold, your king!”

N  They cried out,

C  “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!”

N  Pilate said to them,

V  “Shall I crucify your king?”

N  The chief priests answered,

C  “We have no king but Caesar.”

N  Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.” Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,

C  “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’”

N  Pilate answered,

V  “What I have written, I have written.”

N  When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another,

C  “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be,”

N  in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says:/ They divided my garments among them,/ and for my vesture they cast lots.

This is what the soldiers did. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother,

X  “Woman, behold, your son.”

N  Then he said to the disciple,

X  “Behold, your mother.”

N  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said,

X  “I thirst.”

N  There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,

X  “It is finished.”

N  And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

The reader blows out the candle.

All kneel and pause for a short time.

N  Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and that they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe. For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:/ Not a bone of it will be broken./ And again another passage says:/ They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish prepara- tion day; for the tomb was close by.

No acclamation concludes the reading of the Gospel.

All are seated.

The leader repeats slowly, as if it were a far-off echo:

Then, Jesus said,
“It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

All observe five minutes of silence for silent personal meditation.

All then rise to pray, this Good Friday, for the great intentions of the Church and of the world.

SOLEMN INTERCESSIONS

I. For Holy Church

All say together:
Let us pray, dearly beloved, for the holy Church of God,
that our God and Lord be pleased to give her peace,
to guard her and to unite her throughout the whole world
and grant that, leading our life in tranquility and quiet,
we may glorify God the Father almighty.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
who in Christ revealed your glory to all the nations,
watch over the works of your mercy,
that your Church, spread throughout all the world,
may persevere with steadfast faith in confessing your name.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

II. For the Pope

All say together:
Let us pray also for our most Holy Father Pope N.,
that our God and Lord,
who chose him for the Order of Bishops,
may keep him safe and unharmed for the Lord’s holy Church,
to govern the holy People of God.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
by whose decree all things are founded,
look with favor on our prayers
and in your kindness protect the Pope chosen for us,
that, under him, the Christian people,
governed by you their maker,
may grow in merit by reason of their faith.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

III. For all orders and degrees of the faithful

All say together:
Let us pray also for our Bishop N.,
for all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons of the Church
and for the whole of the faithful people.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is sanctified and governed,
hear our humble prayer for your ministers,
that, by the gift of your grace,
all may serve you faithfully.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

IV. For catechumens

All say together:
Let us pray also for (our) catechumens,
that our God and Lord
may open wide the ears of their inmost hearts
and unlock the gates of his mercy,
that, having received forgiveness of all their sins
through the waters of rebirth,
they, too, may be one with Christ Jesus our Lord.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
who make your Church ever fruitful with new offspring,
increase the faith and understanding of (our) catechumens,
that, reborn in the font of Baptism,
they may be added to the number of your adopted children.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. For the unity of Christians

All say together:
Let us pray also for all our brothers and sisters who believe in Christ,
that our God and Lord may be pleased,
as they live the truth,
to gather them together and keep them in his one Church.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
who gather what is scattered
and keep together what you have gathered,
look kindly on the flock of your Son,
that those whom one Baptism has consecrated
may be joined together by integrity of faith
and united in the bond of charity.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

VI. For the Jewish people

All say together:
Let us pray also for the Jewish people,
to whom the Lord our God spoke first,
that he may grant them to advance in love of his name
and in faithfulness to his covenant.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
who bestowed your promises on Abraham and his descendants,
graciously hear the prayers of your Church,
that the people you first made your own
may attain the fullness of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

VII. For those who do not believe in Christ

All say together:
Let us pray also for those who do not believe in Christ,
that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit,
they, too, may enter on the way of salvation.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
grant to those who do not confess Christ
that, by walking before you with a sincere heart,
they may find the truth
and that we ourselves, being constant in mutual love
and striving to understand more fully the mystery of your life,
may be made more perfect witnesses to your love in the world.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

VIII. For those who do not believe in God

All say together:
Let us pray also for those who do not acknowledge God,
that, following what is right in sincerity of heart,
they may find the way to God himself.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
who created all people
to seek you always by desiring you
and, by finding you, come to rest,
grant, we pray,
that, despite every harmful obstacle,
all may recognize the signs of your fatherly love
and the witness of the good works
done by those who believe in you,
and so in gladness confess you,
the one true God and Father of our human race.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

IX. For those in public office

All say together:
Let us pray also for those in public office,
that our God and Lord
may direct their minds and hearts according to his will
for the true peace and freedom of all.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
in whose hand lies every human heart
and the rights of peoples,
look with favor, we pray,
on those who govern with authority over us,
that throughout the whole world,
the prosperity of peoples,
the assurance of peace,
and freedom of religion
may through your gift be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

X. For the afflicted in time of pandemic

All say together:
Let us pray for all those who are suffering
the consequences of the current pandemic,
that God the Father may grant health to the sick,
strength to health care personnel,
consolation to families,
and salvation to all the victims who have died.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
refuge of those who suffer,
look with compassion upon the afflictions of your children
who suffer due to this pandemic;
alleviate the suffering of the sick,
give strength to those who care for them,
and welcome into your peace those who have died,
and while this tribulation lasts,
grant that we may find consolation in your mercy.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

XI. For those in tribulation

All say together:
Let us pray, dearly beloved,
to God the Father almighty,
that he may cleanse the world of all errors,
banish disease, drive out hunger,
unlock prisons, loosen fetters,
granting to travelers safety, to pilgrims return,
health to the sick, and salvation to the dying.
All pray in silence for a moment. Then, with hands joined in prayer, the leader says:
Almighty ever-living God,
comfort of mourners, strength of all who toil,
may the prayers of those who cry out in any tribulation
come before you,
that all may rejoice,
because in their hour of need
your mercy was at hand.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

ADORATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

The leader takes the crucifix (or cross) and says:

I will present to you three times
the image of the cross,
the sign of our salvation.

With ceremonial solemnity, the leader holds the crucifix or cross up in front of him or her, raising it higher each time, and saying:

Behold the wood of the Cross,
on which hung the salvation of the world.

All respond:

Come, let us adore.

After each of the three presentations of the crucifix, all kneel and for a brief moment adore in silence.

At the end of the veneration of the cross, the leader of the celebration introduces the Lord’s Prayer:

United in the Spirit and in the communion of the Church,
we dare to pray as the Lord Jesus himself
taught us:

All say or sing the Our Father:

Our Father…
Continuing immediately with:
For the kingdom…

Then all sit down.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

The leader says:

When we cannot receive sacramental communion for lack of a Mass, Pope Francis urges us to practice spiritual communion, also called “communion of desire.”

The Council of Trent reminds us that this “consists in an ardent desire to feed on the Heavenly Bread, with a living faith that acts through charity and that makes us participants in the fruits and graces of the Sacrament.” The value of our spiritual communion depends therefore on our faith in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist as a source of life, love and unity, and our desire to receive Communion in spite of our inability to do so.

With that in mind, I now invite you to bow your head,
to close your eyes and recollect yourselves.

Silence

Deep in our hearts,
may a burning desire arise within us to unite ourselves with Jesus,
in sacramental communion,
and then to bring His love to life into our lives,
loving others as He loved us.

All remain in silence for five minutes for a heart-to-heart conversation with Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

All stand.
The leader says the following prayer:

Almighty ever-living God,
who have restored us to life
by the blessed Death and Resurrection of your Christ,
preserve in us the work of your mercy,
that, through our spiritual communion,
we may have a life increasingly devoted to you.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

FINAL BLESSING

The leader of the celebration, with hands joined in prayer, says the blessing in the name of all:

May abundant blessing, O Lord, we pray,
descend upon your people,
who have honored the Death of your Son
in the hope of their resurrection:
may pardon come,
comfort be given,
holy faith increase,
and everlasting redemption be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

All make the Sign of the Cross.

Then parents may trace the Sign of the Cross on their children’s foreheads.

CLOSING HYMN

To conclude the celebration, the participants may sing an appropriate hymn.

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To continue to sanctify this Good Friday, it would be good to pray the Way of the Cross. You can use this one from Magnificat.

You can follow the Way of the Cross live with Pope Francis at 9:00 PM (Rome) this Friday on Aleteia.org.

For the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening and for Easter Sunday, we will continue to offer you guides to help you continue to celebrate, despite the difficult circumstances, these special moments of our Christian life, for the glory of God and the salvation of the world.

Aleteia invites to you join us at midday (Rome time, 6 a.m. EDT) on Easter Sunday to receive the Urbi et Orbi blessing from Pope Francis.

You can also find other resources for free on the Magnificat website.

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