Today we celebrate Good Friday
“One of the most profound and transforming prayers we could ever pray is given to us today as the response to our Psalm: ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” These words were, of course, spoken by our Lord as He hung upon the Cross and prepared to breathe His last. But they are also words that echoed throughout the earthly life of Jesus, and they continue to echo from the divine heart of our Lord in Heaven for all eternity. “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’
On this Good Friday, as you gaze upon the crucifixion of Jesus and reflect upon His brutal agony and His earthly death, try to look beyond His human suffering to His perfect surrender. Try to see that His physical death was nothing other than an act of perfect love for the Father and an act into which we are invited to participate.
Prayerfully ponder this beautiful prayer of Jesus today: ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Say it over and over. Pray it slowly and meditatively. Savor each and every word. Make it your own prayer. Let it come forth from the depths of your spirit. Let it be your act of love of God so that the Holy Spirit will become manifest in your life.”
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Just a reminder if you do not have a reserved seat in the church for the liturgy today, we are offering a live stream you can watch virtually, as well as the Parking Lot Option for the Good Friday Passion of the Lord liturgy that begins at 3 PM today.
With the Parking Lot Option, you park your car in the main parking lot accessed from Fawell Blvd and tune into the radio at 106.9 FM or when live stream is available (Holy Thursday at 7 PM and Good Friday at 3 PM), tune into it from your smart device in your car. Our wifi network is StJamesParish and the password is the same as the network name, StJamesParish. At Communion time you can come to the front doors of the church to receive Eucharist.
Here are the streaming links for this afternoon:
Good Friday 3PM: https://youtu.be/KdxxruF9Xo8
Live Stream of Stations of the Cross Tonight at 7 P.M.
We invite you to join us virtually tonight as Deacon Mike Fitzpatrick leads us in Stations of the Cross, beginning live at 7 p.m.
Below you will find the link to the live stream, as well as the booklet with responses, if you would like to download it to participate from home:
Good Friday 7PM: https://youtu.be/E35ovVvQ_iw
Today is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence