Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday darkness

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered continually, hour upon hour, all over the globe -- save for this one day. On Good Friday, there is not one Mass said on this earth. The tabernacles of every nation are empty, the sanctuary lamps across the world have all been extinguished, literally. 

Left in darkness, agony and sin, we wait….


The Crucifixion, by Carl Heinrich Bloch

16 comments:

  1. I found your words powerful and have copied onto my blog. I hope you don't mind, let me know if this is a prob. Sorry I didn't ask first.

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  2. It's a painful day. Love you Leila.

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  3. Even when I was a fallen away catholic I found Good Friday "difficult" in a lonely sort of way. GF is the only day I really want to stay home and "hide" until it is time for church in the afternoon.

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  4. I always love your reflections! We are united in prayer today.

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  5. I agree with Jeremiah 29:11! It is so wonderful that we are all united in prayer!

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  6. I'm following Stuart's lead, in following your lead, and posting this same post on my blog. It is powerful and beautiful.

    And since you have about 2000% more readers than I do, I'm also posing a question here, where I may get some answers. What do you say to other Christians you bump into after Mass or at the store during the Holy Week, before Easter, when you want to acknowledge the solemnity of the day and the fact we're waiting for the resurrection, and it's not quite right to say "Happy Easter" yet? I'm sure I can come up with something appropriate if I think about it enough, but I'm just curious what other Catholics are in the habit of saying.

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  7. Amen, Leila. It's always yucky outside on this day. It's like the world is standing still.

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  8. Great reflection Leila. We always try to watch "The Passion" on Good Friday as another reminder of Jesus' suffering for us.

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  9. Leila: Thanks for your post. I spent a good chunk of today in prayer and at church. The Good Friday service was, as always, very moving. I came home and didn't want to get back into my normal routine - I went searching for a decent movie to watch and stumbled upon the movie "The Island" - it's about a Russian Orthodox religious community and a man who ends up being rescued by them. I found it a fitting end to my Good Friday and would recommend it. A blessed Easter to you.

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  10. One of the briefest and yet most profound blog posts on the Bubble to date. Oh, how I love that image...any idea where I can find a print of that?

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  11. Leila: Wonderful post!

    Sweet Jane: I usually wish them a blessed Triduum

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  12. Thank you, all! I am glad that day is over… :) Now, on to the Great Easter Vigil tonight! (But a track meet first.)

    Stuart, I am thrilled that you found it worthy.

    Mrs. Mike,

    cheaper option:

    http://www.restoredtraditions.com/crucifixion_bloch_carl_pro_version.aspx

    more expensive:

    http://www.oilpaintingsgallery.com/gallery/oil-painting/item-DV-2062-KA--Bloch__Carl_Heinrich___Denmark_1834_to_1890-Christ-The_Crucifix.asp

    I just stumbled upon it writing the post… I love it!

    sweet jane, I've had the same question! I like Joy's answer! Usually I will say "Have a good Holy Week" or something, but that sounds lame.

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  13. I agree with "Grace in My Heart" - this is the time to watch "The Passion". I've already seen it once this week but ready to watch it again. Also, praying for the spiritual warfare that obviously Mel Gibson is undergoing - after such an incredible portrayal of Jesus, it's no wonder that Satan attacked. Sad that Mel didn't recognize that and turn to the Church for assistance in the battle....

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  14. watching Radix is amazing, as well...one man acting out the Passion by himself, playing different roles and doing it so well!

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  15. Anon 11:11 here :)

    That image is so powerfull. The skyline of the city in the background makes me choke up. A whole city, going on with its business as our Saviour dies on the cross... it's very hard to imagine. But it is a good reflection for me; in what ways am I just "going on with my business" instead of focusing on Jesus and His sacrifice? I have felt so quiet, so on the verge of tears these last 2 days; I can't wait to rejoice in the morning :)

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