AG. PARASKEVI: THE WAY OF THE CROSS – CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – PROCESSION OF THE EPITAPHIOS

Start date: 14/04/2017 18:30

At the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Ipiroy 69 - Agia Paraskevi - Tel. 210 63 99 147

GOOD FRIDAY

"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." (Isaiah 53:5-6)"

Since the altar was stripped bare and the Eucharist removed from the Tabernacle on Holy Thursday, in the past good Friday was sometimes called "Long Friday." The church seems empty and we again feel a sense of waiting. One of the most beautiful traditions of this day is the Veneration of the Cross. "While we bend down in body before the cross we bend down in spirit before God." If possible, try to attend Stations of the Cross at 3pm. Many parishes also begin the Divine Mercy Novena on this day.

As we reflect on today's readings, especially John's recount of Christ's Passion, let us try to keep an awareness of Our Lord's suffering in our hearts throughout the day.