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Church of the Home for Good Friday 2024


The cross expresses love, service, unreserved self-giving: it truly is the “tree of life”, of overabundant life. - Pope Francis


On Good Friday, we remember the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a solemn day of fasting and abstinence.  Traditionally Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday. Instead, a service with a reading of the passion of Jesus Christ, veneration of the cross, and distribution of communion which was consecrated on Holy Thursday is held.


This day calls us to reflect on the many crosses that we face in our own lives, and to consider the ways in which we can unite our own struggles with Christ's sacrifice.


Jesus spent his life healing the sick and the broken but was betrayed by one of his closest friends, denied by another, and handed over to be crucified by the very people he had come to save. As we meditate on the events of Good Friday, we are reminded of the suffering that Jesus endured on the cross. Yet, even in the midst of this darkness, there is hope that permeates Good Friday.


We are called to remember that Jesus willingly took on this suffering out of love for us, and that his sacrifice opened the door to eternal life for all who believe in him. We know that Jesus did not simply die, but that he was also resurrected three days later. This is the very foundation of our faith. Even in the darkest moments of our lives, there is always hope for a better tomorrow.


As a Church of the Home, reflect and discuss:

  • What crosses or struggles am I facing in my life right now?

  • How can I unite my suffering with Christ's sacrifice on the cross?

  • In what ways can I offer up my struggles as a sacrifice for the sake of others?

  • What emotions do you associate with Good Friday, and why?

  • How do you feel when you reflect on the events of Jesus' crucifixion?

  • Can you describe a time when you felt a sense of grief or despair, and how did you cope with those emotions?

  • How does the knowledge of Jesus' resurrection give you hope during difficult times?

  • Do you think it is possible to experience both sadness and hope at the same time? Why or why not?

  • What does it mean to you that Jesus did not want to die but ultimately submitted to God's will?

  • How have you seen people resist or reject love in your life or in the world around you?

  • What does it mean to you that humanity played a role in Jesus' death?





 

Join us for Good Friday Services in person at 1:ooPM or an abbreviated service at 7:00 PM.

Online options available at www.gbres.org/live, our YouTube channel, or our Facebook page.



Readings for Today's Service


Resurrection Steps of our Lenten Journey

Daily reflections by Roger Vanden Busch on the Scripture readings for Lent

We begin our daily Lenten journey with Jesus. Along the way, we go to an “out of the way” place to encounter His presence in Readings, Reality, and Prayer.



 

Virtual Triduum Retreats

Resurrection is offering three virtual reflections by Fr. Ed Shea help disciples reflect on the most sacred days in our Church year - The Easter Triduum.



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