We should go with Jesus from the Garden to the Cross, then follow him to the
tomb, and wait in the barren silence that reigned in his mother's heart,
even as our Lord moved through the underworld, collecting the righteous
souls from centuries past, whom he would release into heaven. ...
I. Good Friday in Church
Bible Readings for Good Friday (April 14)
Sermons for Good Friday (April 14)
II. Gospel Saturday in Church
Bible Readings for Gospel Saturday (April 15)
Sermons for Gospel Saturday (April 15)
6. Malankara World Journal Specials on Good Friday and Gospel Saturday
Malankara World Passion Week Supplement
Malankara World has a supplement that
provides detailed information about Passion Week including articles, prayers,
sermons, etc. You will find it here:
Passion Week Supplement in Malankara World
Malankara World has developed a daily plan of bible
readings, meditations, reflections, and prayers for Passion Week.
You will find it here:
Today in Passion Week
III. Good Friday Reflections
Great and Holy Friday
On this most somber day of the liturgical year, the holy Church directs our
attention to the awful and awesome sufferings which the immortal Son of God
endured for our sake. 'The One Who is without passions now comes to His
voluntary passion'. 'When I am lifted up from the Earth, I will draw
everyone to Myself' (JN 12:32). ...
The Forsaken Christ
This is the word from the cross for you. No one has ever been as alone as Jesus
was. You will never be forsaken as he was. No cry of your pain can exceed the
cry of his pain when God turned his back and looked the other way. ...
Four Immediate Results of Jesus' Death on the Cross
By His obedience, Jesus has canceled our disobedience; His humility has
canceled our pride. Yet the weakness of God is more powerful than any
worldly force. The centurion, who knew power and was trained to respect it,
saw in the earthquake and the other occurrences, an indication of the Lord's
Five Who Tried to Stop Easter... and Failed
Have you ever thought about how many people tried to stop Jesus' life, death
and resurrection, whether for good or bad? Here are 5 who tried to stop
Jesus' life, death, or resurrection and failed according to God's plan. ...
Why Did Jesus Die in His Thirties?
St. Thomas notes that because Jesus died while in the prime of His life, the
sacrifice was greater. His apparent lack of any disease or physical
imperfections also increased His sacrifice. ...
IV. Gospel Saturday
Great and Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell
On Great and Holy Saturday morning, the Orthodox Church commemorates
Christ's decent into Hades and the releasing of the souls of all who were
held captive by death. ...
When Jesus died on the Cross, Hades accepted His soul thinking that it was
accepting the soul of a man, only to find out that it had accepted God, the
uncontainable, into its midst. ...
Great and Holy Saturday Morning
We are overcome by humble gratitude as we begin to grasp, even in a limited way,
the implications of His sacrificial self-emptying for the sake of our salvation.
'We stand unworthily before (His) tomb' (Oktoekhos, Tone 1) and offer our hymns
of praise. ...
Great and Holy Saturday Evening
The holy Church has kept a silent widow's vigil at the tomb of her Bridegroom
for many hours now. No liturgical services have been held since we placed our
Lord Jesus Christ (as symbolized by the image of His shroud) in the tomb, long
before dawn. Everything -- nature, the world, the Church -- is silent, pregnant
with hopeful anticipation. ...
Great and Holy Saturday Night
Hidden from our sight, Our Lord's humanity and divinity together are now
completing the work of ransoming those who are no longer alive on Earth, but who
are imprisoned by Death and Hades (1 PET 3:18-21). ...
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