Today we commemorate Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion with two liturgies:
12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross: The Stations that I will be leading come from the mother of priest from the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan. She composed a set of prayers by connecting Jesus’ Passion and the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about her story here. I came across these around the time Pope Francis delivered his special blessing, “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the City and the World”) two weeks ago in a stark and rainy St. Peter’s Square in Rome. I’ll conclude the Stations with the “Litany of Supplication” that Pope Francis prayed near the end of that beautiful prayer service. If you would like to follow along, a link to the Stations of the Cross and Litany of Supplication aid can be found here.
7:00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: According to the Church’s ancient tradition, the Eucharist is not celebrated today. Our churches are stripped bare- even the tabernacle is left empty- as we remember that it was on this day that Jesus hung upon the Cross. I encourage you to place a cross or crucifix in an appropriate place in your home as you unite in prayer with me and our fellow parishioners. You will be instructed when to venerate the Cross during the service. This year, as we pray the Solemn Intercessions (which follows the Homily), we have been given special permission from Pope Francis to add a special intercession for the sick, the dead, and those who feel lost or dismayed due to the coronavirus. You can find the Worship Aid for the service here.
Both liturgies will be live-streamed, on the parish Facebook (link) and YouTube (link). If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.