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On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Good Friday, in the Adoration of the Cross, in the chanting of the ‘Reproaches’, in the reading of the Passion, and in receiving the pre-consecrated Host, we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord.
The Church — stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open — is as if in mourning. In the fourth century the Apostolic Constitutions described this day as a “day of mourning, not a day of festive joy”, and this day was called the “Pasch (passage) of the Crucifixion”. source
Usual church activities starts at 12 noon with the reflection of the Seven Last words. At 3 in the afternoon, the Liturgy of the Word — reading of the Passion will start, followed by the intercessory prayers for the Church and the entire world, Christian and non-Christian. Veneration of the Cross and Communion, or the ‘Mass of the Pre-Sanctified” are the most important part of this day’s celebration.
It is also important to reflect why this Friday is Good. It is the time that Jesus sacrificed himself and died on the cross for all of us to be saved.
Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday is the start of the Easter Triduum. It commemorates Christ’s institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last supper. In His Last SUpper, a celebration of Passover, Jesus is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every Priest to this day presents this same sacrifice. Jesus also washed the feet of His disciples which describes humility of service and the need for cleansing with water.
In the morning of Holy Thursday a special mass is celebrated in the cathedral church and is participated by the bishop and by many priests. The bishop may wash the feet of 12 priests. In the local Parish church, The Holy Thursday liturgy is celebrated in the evening. In our church, the priest would wash feet of 12 Lay Minister. After the mass, the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is carried in solemn procession to the altar of Repose and will remain “entombed” until the communion service on Good Friday. No mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil. The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is continued throught eh night, just as the disciples stayed with the Lord in the Agony of the garden.
On this day, my family used to visit different church to pay visit to the Blessed Sacrament, which is called the Visita Iglesia. another tradition also includes the walking to Antipolo church. Each individual have their own purpose on doing this. This is one of my husband’s clan tradition. I too, have walked from Quezon City to Antipolo. When we reached Antipolo proper, Stations of the cross will begin. I think there are 13 different spots to pray the Stations of the cross until you reach the church for the rest of the stations.
How about you, what are your traditions on this day?
I do! I want to be prosperous. I am Prosperous. Last Sunday at the Feast, this was the first topic of Bro. Bo Sanchez six part series, Prosper! He preach about money at least once a year. Why? It’s because of two reasons. First, one third of the Bible talks about Money. Would you believe that there were more verses about money than about faith and prayer combined? Jesus knows that we are physical beings and that money is a big area in our lives. God wants love to rule in this big area, he doesn’t want us to reject money, he wants us to use it for love. The second reason, is that Money is a critical need today.
If you want to prosper then you have to change your emotional association with money. Many people associate money with evil. So we’ll reject money like it was the devil itself. We have to change this because You’ll gravitate towards what you subconsciously want, and avoid what you subconsciously do not want.
We must BELIEVE that we will prosper. God takes pleasure when we are prosperous. Its like when we see our child do a milestone, we are happy, it’s same with God.
If you want to be prosperous, then BELIEVE.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over the new wine”
Listen to the next teaching about PROSPER, attend The Feast every Sunday at Valle Verde Country Club.
Last Sunday’s Feast (December 6) at Valle Verde Pasig, was one of the Best Feast that I attended. They have prepared a special concert. It’s called “A Pasasalamat Concert”.
The Hosts were George Gabriel and Randy Borromeo. They rendered a Christmas song too. Next performers was the Prayerboyz. They were great as well. But my favorite performances were from the Kerygma 5, they are Arun Gogna, Adrian Panganiban, Jon Escoto, Obet Cabrillas and Alvin Barcelona.
They entered the stage with a blast by singing “we will rock you” chorus, but instead of “rock” they changed it to “bless” and Bamboo’s Hallelujah. After that, each of them rendered their own solo performance.
They still performed religious song, that was awesome!
After the performances, Bro. Bo Sanchez, still gave a short message which is “Wealth is Gratitude; Gratitude is Wealth”
There are three levels of gratitude:
Superficial Gratitude – this is being thankful for big ticket items. Like having a Car, House, Healing. It is good but it doesn’t last very long
Simple Gratitude – this is being thankful with big or small gifts from God.
But when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a small gift. But this is not the deppest form of gratitude
Sacred Gratitude is the deepest gratitude. We are already thankful in all circumtances. We are just thankful for the life itself. We are thankful that we are alive. We are thankful always.
After The Feast, I was truly blessed and happy.
The Feast is a Eucharistic Celebration, worship and teaching. At Valle Verde Pasig, it is held every Sunday, with three sessions at 8am, 10:30am and 1pm.
Kerygma Conference 2009, the Biggest Catholic learning even in Manila organized by the Light of Jesus Family, will be simulcast in Cebu.
Now on its third year, Kerygma Conference will be held for the first time at the Araneta Coliseum on November 28 to 29. On the same days, a Kerygma Conference will be held in the Cebu International Convention Center in Cebu City.
What to expect?
- compelling and life-changing talks by Bo Sanchez and Kerygma Preachers Arun Gogna, Alvin Barcelona, Obet Cabrillas, Jon Escoto and Adrian Panganiban;
- dynamic worship in the company of people who love God and want to live big for Him;
- amazing works of healing thru our guest healer Bob Canton;
- bigger blessings and bigger surprises.
Click here to read more about Kerygma Conference.