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Good Friday

Last night, Pickle, Little Bit and I celebrated Holy Thursday mass. Hot Rod had a teeball game, so he missed out. It is a time to commemorate the Last Supper and the last communion you take before Easter Vigil Saturday night.

Today, we're going to try to go to the Stations of the Cross and the Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified. It is very sad to see the church bare. There is no holy water when you come in and the cross is covered, Mary and Joseph's statues are gone.

According to
On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Good Friday, in the Adoration of the Cross, in the chanting of the 'Reproaches', in the reading of the Passion, and in receiving the pre-consecrated Host, we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord. The Church - stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open - is as if in mourning. In the fourth century the Apostolic Constitutions described this day as a 'day of mourning, not a day of festive joy,' and this day was called the 'Pasch (passage) of the Crucifixion.' The liturgical observance of this day of Christ's suffering, crucifixion and death evidently has been in existence from the earliest days of the Church. No Mass is celebrated on this day, but the service of Good Friday is called the Mass of the Presanctified because Communion (in the species of bread) which had already been consecrated on Holy Thursday is given to the people . Traditionally, the organ is silent from Holy Thursday until the Alleluia at the Easter Vigil , as are all bells or other instruments, the only music during this period being unaccompanied chant. The omission of the prayer of consecration deepens our sense of loss because Mass throughout the year reminds us of the Lord's triumph over death, the source of our joy and blessing. The desolate quality of the rites of this day reminds us of Christ's humiliation and suffering during his Passion.

We can see that the parts of the Good Friday service correspond to the divisions of Mass:
Liturgy of the Word - reading of the Passion.
Intercessory prayers for the Church and the entire world, Christian and non-Christian.
Veneration of the Cross Communion, or the 'Mass of the Pre-Sanctified.'

God Bless everyone today. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!


  • At 1:53 AM, April 15, 2006, Blogger cashin said…

    I like the names of the holy week days.

    Holy Thursday
    Good Friday
    Holy Saturday
    Easter Sunday

    The day in the name of each one, It's as if they thought we'd forget what days were which, bastards.


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