Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday - You Were on the Cross

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"Whenever I feel that the things of the world are too much for me, I take refuge at the foot of the Cross. Even if the whole world is shrouded in darkness, if the curtains of all my temples are rent, if I cannot see, nor hear, nor understand, I know that I am safe at the feet of my crucified Saviour."
Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty

The Marianist Community fixed its gaze on the Cross with solemn Good Friday services. It is a time where we try to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. We unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord.
Bro.Roger Poletti, Fr. Philip Eichner and Bro. Michael Gillen sang the Passion from St. John's Gospel. The homily followed reminding us of Christ’s humiliation and suffering during his Passion.
Bro. Michael, Fr. Albert Bertoni, Fr. Francis Keenan, and Bro. Daniel Griffin begin the Veneration of the Cross. The Cross is inseparable from Christ's sacrifice. During this Veneration of His Cross we are, in effect, adoring Christ. Here we affirm: ‘We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.’

Bro. Kenneth Hoagland kneels before the crucifix and kisses it. During the Veneration of the Cross we are paying the highest honor to the our Lord’s cross as the instrument of our salvation.