Why we celebrate Christmas?

 

Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the final hours of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It lies in the last week of lent season i.e. before Easter and after Maundy Thursday.Good Friday is a gazetted holiday in India. On, Good Friday there is a holy mass in the churches where people used to wear Black Clothes as it is a sad day for all as Jesus has sacrificed his life for us. On that day people do not light candles in their home nor in the churches.On this day, the procession of Way Of The Cross is done by the people of the church. In, India the mass is done at afternoonaround 2pm or 3pm.

In many churches, a bitter drink i.e.prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients. This drink is for everyone to taste after the service/mass.The Way Of The Cross is actually 14 stations were ‘Jesus’ was taken.

The Way Of The Cross:-

  1. Jesus is condemned to death.

Prayer: It was for us that you did suffer, O Blessed Jesus. It was for our sins that you were condemned to die. Oh, grant that we may detest our sins from the bottom of our hearts, and obtain your mercy and pardon by repentance.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus is laden with the Cross

Prayer: O Jesus, grant us, by virtue of your cross, to embrace with meekness and cheerful submission the difficulties of our life, and to be ever ready to take up our cross and follow you.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus falls for the first time

Prayer: O Jesus, who for our sins did bear the heavy burden of the cross and did fall under its weight, may the thoughts of your suffering make us watchful over ourselves and save us from any grievous fall into sin.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus meets his Blessed Mother

Prayer: O Jesus, by the compassion which you did feel for You Mother, have compassion on us, and give us a share in her intercession. O Mary, most afflicted mother, intercede for us that, through the sufferings of your Son, we may be delivered from eternal death.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross

 Prayer: O Lord Jesus, may it be our privilege to bear our cross. May we glory in nothing else; by the cross, may the world be crucified unto us, and we unto the world. May we never shrink from suffering but rather rejoice if we should be counted worthy to suffer for your name’s sake.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Prayer: O Jesus, may the contemplation of your sufferings move

us with deep compassion. Make us hate our sins and kindle in our hearts, more fervent love for you. May your image be graven on our minds until we are transformed into your likeness.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus falls beneath His cross, the second time

Prayer: O Jesus, who did fall a second time beneath the load of our sins and of your suffering for our sins, how often have we grieved you by our repeated falls into sin! Oh, may we rather die than ever offend you!

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem

Prayer: O Jesus, we mourn and will always mourn for you and for ourselves, for your sufferings and for our sins which caused them. Oh, teach us to mourn, so that we may repent and be saved from the dreadful end to those who reject or neglect you, their God and their all.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus falls beneath His cross the third time

 Prayer: O Jesus, we entreat you by the merit of this your third and most painful fall, to pardon our frequent relapses and our long continuance in sin. May the thought of your sufferings make us hate our sins more and more.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus is stripped of His garments

 Prayer: O Jesus, strip us of all false esteem, conceit and pride and make us humble like you in this life, so that we share your glory with you in the life to come.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus is nailed to the cross

Prayer: O Jesus, nailed to the cross, fasten our hearts to the cross, so that we may be united with you until we yield up our souls to you.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus dies on the cross

Prayer: O Jesus, we devoutly embrace your saving cross, on which you died so that we may have eternal life. We hail your cross, and lovingly accept our own.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All:Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus is taken down from the cross

 Prayer: O Mary, mother of Jesus, your grief was so great, being a helpless witness to the savage way your Son was put to death. By his death and resurrection, we have become your children in Jesus. Help us by your intercession to be like your son Jesus.

Our Father in Heaven

Hail Mary

Glory Be

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  1. Jesus is laid in the Holy Sepulchre

 Prayer: Lord, Your suffering is over. You have triumphed, though in the eyes of men, you may seem to have failed. Sin, death and hell have been conquered. The world is Yours, I am yours. Be the King of my heart. I surrender myself to your Holy Will. May your kingdom come.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
All: Have mercy on us.

  Contributed by : Rosemary Arya 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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