Month: April 2015

Why is Good Friday “Good”?

Why is Good Friday “Good”?

John 3.16 Good Friday“This question puzzles not only children, but many adults as well. After all, it isn’t obvious that we should call Good Friday good, since it is the day on which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. How can Good Friday be good when it commemorates the day on which the sins of mankind brought about the death of our Savior? The Baltimore Catechism

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What is Good Friday?

What is Good Friday?

Blessed Good Friday“Good Friday is the English designation of Friday in Holy Week — that is, the Friday on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. From the earliest times the Christians kept every Friday as a feast day; and the obvious reasons for those usages explain why Easter is the Sunday par excellence, and why the Friday which marks the anniversary of Christ’s death came to be called the Great or the Holy or the Good Friday” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VI, 1909). “The Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Western Church is understood as having only one full meal (but smaller than a regular meal) and two collations (a smaller repast, two of which together do not equal one full meal) and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat” (Wikipedia, article ‘Good Friday’).

 

Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ

Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ

imageMeditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ- 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This service is broken down into 15 – 20 minute segments of prayer, music, and meditations on focusing on each of the Last Seven Words. At 3:00 p.m. (the hour of Jesus’ death), the church bells ring seven times.

Why is the Alter stripped bare?

Why is the Alter stripped bare?

3 crosses in late eveningThis service ends with the removal of all beautiful and holy objects from the Sanctuary & chancel. This symbolizes the events that followed the first Eucharist. On that night, Judas betrayed Jesus into the hands of sinners, and our Lord was arrested, tried, and executed.

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Acolyte and Lay Servers Training/Rehearsal

Acolyte and Lay Servers Training/Rehearsal

imageOn Saturday April 4, there will also be an important training/rehearsal for acolytes and lay servers in preparation for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday beginning at 9:00 a.m. It is important for all servers who are involved in either of these services to be at this rehearsal.

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