Good Friday -- this is the one and only day in the entire year that there is no Holy Mass celebrated. Instead, we focus on and venerate the crucifix. There are many symbols in the life of the Church, but I think the most recognizable is the crucifix. People of all cultures and religions, believers and nonbelievers, know what this symbol signifies. There are countless crosses made by people, some are very decorative, very expensive, but others are very simple. But today on Good Friday we are reminded that the crucifix was simply a tool used to brutally murder our Lord. We are reminded that the crucifixion was a terrible way of dying, very painful and very long. However, we are also reminded today, that by His cross Jesus redeemed the whole world. We pray: “We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.” Whether you are coming to church today or not, look at the crucifix that you have at home, and thank Jesus for reminding us that the crosses that we need to bear in this life will lead us to resurrection and salvation.
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