THE CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD  “Christ’s execution notice became with paradoxical unity the ‘confession of faith,’ the real starting point and rooting-point of the Christian faith, which holds Jesus to be the Christ: as the crucified criminal this Jesus is the Christ, the King. His crucifixion is his coronation: his coronation or kingship is his surrender of himself to men, the identification of word, mission, and existence in the yielding up of this very existence.  His existence is thus his word. From the cross faith understands in increasing measure that this Jesus did not just do and say something; that in him message and person are identical, that he always already is what he says.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

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HYMN: Were you there when the crucified my Lord? Were you there when the crucified my Lord? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Where you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble tremble. Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Wee you there when they laid him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid him in the tome? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

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O Lord our God, your Son Jesus Christ did not refuse death for the salvation of the world. Strengthen your people in faith, hope, and love to live the mystery of the cross into which we have been baptized, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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