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Saint of the Day: Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Celebrating the Tree of Life

Renaud Camus | CC BY 2.0

The meaning of the celebration

+ According to ancient tradition, no Masses are celebrated on Good Friday. Instead, the faithful gather to re-tell the story of the Passion of Jesus, to venerate the Cross, and to receive Holy Communion (using hosts consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday).

+ The liturgy of Good Friday begins and ends in silence, signifying that it is part of one great celebration that extends from the end of the Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper to the beginning of the Easter Vigil on Saturday night.

+ The Church invites us to reflect not only on the suffering and death of Jesus on this day, but to celebrate the Cross as the Tree of Life and the sign of our salvation.

For prayer and reflection

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 that of man,

and his appearance beyond that of mortals—

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.”—Isaiah 52:13-15

Vocations

Many religious communities are dedicated to the memory of the Passion of the Lord and the Cross of Christ.

For men

-The Benedictine Monks of Monastery of the Holy Cross (Chicago, IL): www.chicagomonk.org

-Congregation of Holy Cross (Priests and Brothers): www.holycrossusa.org

-The Crosier Fathers and Brothers: www.crosiervocations.org

-The Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross: www.franciscanbrothers.net

-Holy Cross Brothers: www.holycrossbrothers.org

Passionist Priests and Brothers (Holy Cross Province): https://passionist.org/

Passionist Priests and Brothers (Province of St. Paul of the Cross): www.thepassionists.org

For women

-The Benedictine Sisters of Jesus Crucified (Branford, CT): www.benedictinesjc.org

-The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Monastery of the Holy Cross (Iron Moutnain, MI): www.holycrosscarmel.com

-The Daughters of the Cross of Liege: www.daughtersofthecross.org.uk

-Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles: www.lhcla.org

-Marianites of the Holy Cross: www.marianites.org

-Sisters of Holy Cross: www.sistersofholycross.org

-Sisters of Loretto: www.lorettocommunity.org

-Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross: www.holycrosssisters.org

-Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross: www.gbfranciscans.org

-Sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: www.religiosasdelacruz.wordpress.com

-Sisters of the Holy Cross: www.cscsisters.org

Passionist Nuns (Erlanger, KY): www.erlangerpassionists.org

Passionist Nuns (Pittsburgh, PA): http://www.passionistnunspgh.org

Passionist Nuns (Abington Twp, PA): www.passionstnunsclarkssummit.org

Passionist Nuns (Whitesville, KY): www.passionistnuns.org

Passionist Nuns (Ellisville, MO): www.passionistnunsofstlouis.org

Passionist Sisters (North Kingstown, RI): www.passionistsisters.org

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 for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Collect for Good Friday)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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